It has become somewhat of an epidemic. Patients go in for spine surgery and expect to be completely healed within weeks. Legacy Health, a self-insured hospital system in Portland, Ore, recognized this overutilization of surgery and changed their system all together. In 2012, the hospital began requiring employees and family members seeking elective spine surgery to be assessed though pre-surgical appointments with a physical therapist and psychologist.
Over the past 20 years, spinal surgery rates have drastically increased. Even after surgical intervention, patients often return for a reappraisal of spine care because of unsuccessful results. American Spine runs a similar system as Legacy Health. Our providers use comprehensive spine-care programs, offering an array of treatments including physical therapy, pain management, psychological care, and different types of minimally invasive procedures.
At American Spine, we strive to relieve pain and return quality of life to patients suffering with chronic and acute pain. Using the best techniques and tools on the market, our providers work with each patient directly to identify the best course of treatment. If pain relief and restored function does not occur within six months, your American Spine physician may recommend surgical intervention.
Patients typically seek spine treatment because they suffer with severe pain and disability. In search for the quickest way to relieve pain, these patients often turn to surgery. Financial strains often lead patients to voluntarily undergo surgery because they assume it will cost just as much and continual conservative treatment.
Katie O’Neill, Legacy’s directory of clinical and support services say, “Patients often have unrealistic expectations about surgery.” American Spine ensures that every patient is fully educated and included in the design of treatment and future goals. Legacy says that there program will not eliminate surgery all together, but rather get the right surgery at the right time. American Spine guidelines indicate that patients will not be permitted to undergo surgery until a physician has approved he or she is a suitable candidate.
At American Spine, we are experts in minimally invasive techniques, pain management, and spine surgery. We hope to eliminate the growing number of spine surgeries and people affected by back pain by implementing conservative treatments that are safe, effective, cost-effective, and beneficial. Our comprehensive spine-care programs can be tailored to meet individual patient’s needs. We provide the best spine care in the west; both surgical non-invasive.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)
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