Care and Treatment of Neurological Spine Disorders
What is conservative therapy?
Not all back pain requires surgery and some conditions cannot be corrected with surgery. Many patients benefit from what is called conservative therapy—lifelong lifestyle changes and conservative treatments that help improve and manage symptoms.
Conservative therapy may help reduce your pain level and enhance your ability to function on a day-to-day basis.
What are the types of conservative therapies?
Physical therapy: You may be referred to a physical therapist to learn strengthening or stretching exercises. Strengthening your core with the right exercises may prevent other flairs or lessen the strain on degenerative spine disease. Physical therapy can also be given using a TENS unit or traction.
Pain management: Pain management can involve reviewing your medications and making recommendations. Procedures or therapies may also be suggested, such as injections or stimulators.
Physiatry: This treatment involves an evaluation and assessment of how you use your body and how you can make changes to manage or improve your symptoms or functionality to improve your quality of life.
Complementary medicine: Alternative therapies such as acupuncture may be recommended.
Weight management: Reducing your overall weight puts less stress on your back and your entire body.
Stress management: Reducing stress may reduce your level of pain. Many patients find their pain level is the highest when they are under the most stress. There are many ways to healthfully reduce your stress. Some options are breathing techniques, imagery, self-hypnosis, meditation, yoga or relaxation through music.
Biofeedback: This technique is used to control your body's response and to gain better awareness of its physiologic functions.
Heat/ice therapy: Five to 20 minute intervals of applying either heat or ice can be beneficial for some people. It is important not to use heat or ice directly on the skin and to use safety precautions to avoid injury from excessive heat or cold.
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Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
For your convenience, you may check in for all same-day appointments at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center through a centralized, check-in desk near the front lobby. In addition to all outpatient services, you also can access onsite pre-surgery consultations at the center.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Send medical records before your appointment
Bring any MRI or CT films
Plan on being at the clinic for approximately one to two hours
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
To reorder a prescription, have your pharmacy call 650-723-4720 or fax a refill request to 650-725-0390.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
To refer a new patient or ask questions regarding a referral, call 650-723-6469. For urgent referrals, call 650-723-6661 and request the spine neurosurgeon on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You may also fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
FOLLOW UP ON A PATIENT
Call us at 650-723-6469 if you have questions about a patient.
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