Military members living with neck and back pain can now get affordable treatment with their military medical insurance.
PPOA laser spine surgeon, Dr.
"Laser surgery allows patients to return to their activities within days or weeks instead of months, as is the case with open surgery – and that is in their best interest," says
Causes of military back injury
The physical stresses of combat and the rigors of training – carrying weapons and heavy packs, running, jumping, marching and parachuting – can cause neck, back and musculoskeletal pain. Trips and falls are other common culprits. Left untreated, these and other spinal problems can lead to limited civilian job prospects and disability.
According to vetsnational.com, common back injuries associated with military service include:
Bulging and herniated discs
Intervertebral disc syndrome
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Cervical spine fracture
"I see a lot of herniated discs and compressed nerves in military patients," says
It also eliminates the need for opioid pain killers because it targets on the treatment area specifically without the side effects of oral medications.
What is laser spine surgery?
Minimally invasive laser spine procedures treat severe spine-related pain on an outpatient basis: no overnights in the hospital or weeks in bed recuperating. A small incision (less than one inch) and muscle-sparing surgical techniques are the key. Dilation tubes, about as wide as a magic marker, gently spread muscles instead of the cutting and tearing common with traditional open back surgery. The laser is used for ablations and removing tissue that presses on nerves.
Common procedures include laser facet ablation, laser discectomy, laminotomy and foraminotomy. These allow for decompression of nerves that exit the spinal canal.
The methods used in PPOA's minimally invasive laser spine surgery allow for a fast recovery. Most patients are able to walk out of the surgery center the same day and resume activities in days or weeks, as opposed to months with traditional surgery. That, and affordability through Tricare, are a plus for military members.
"Military patients are the best patients," says
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