Treating your pain – without surgery in 95% of cases.
Too often when patients go to a surgeon, surgery is scheduled when other options are better. Dr. McKalip works hard with you to find the best treatment plan for your spinal related problems. The first step is to get your diagnosis. That involves talking to and listening to the patient. This process of listening to the patient (taking the medical history) is the most important part of your time with Dr. McKalip. The history, together with the physical exam and radiographic studies will help Dr. McKalip reach a diagnosis for your pain.
Once you get your diagnosis, Dr. McKalip will work to find options that can ease your pain and other symptoms without surgery. Once it is clear is no danger requiring urgent surgery many options are available to help your symptoms. They should be focused on the diagnosis and also on a long term plan to keep your health and avoid surgery if able.
Non-Surgical Spine Pain Treatment Options
- Medications (emphasizing non-narcotics)
- Physical Therapy – provides methods to strengthen the “Core” muscles, mobilize the joints and the patient and treat pain.
- Spinal Injections
- Spinal manipulation – chiropractic or osteopathic therapy to help symptoms.
- Electrical stimulation
- Computerized biofeedback for muscle retraining.
In rare cases, surgery will be needed early, or if symptoms are not gone in 6-8 weeks.