Spine - conditions and treatment options
As a clinic of international renown, we offer consultations and personal support to patients from all over the world. The broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services we offer in neurosurgery, spinal surgery, brain surgery, orthopaedics, trauma surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, anaesthetics, radiology and physiotherapy forms a comprehensive concept.
Conditions affecting the spine
Back pain accounts for more than two thirds of pain conditions and has now become a very common condition affecting a large proportion of the population. There are numerous possible causes for it: some patients may develop symptoms due to signs of wear and tear, for example, bad posture, genetic predispositions or a lack of exercise. Psychological problems can also lead to pain.
Often, symptoms can be attributed to a certain part of the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. In some cases, the pain radiates to the legs, arms, chest or the back of the head. Muscle tension, spasms and restrictions of movement can also occur. Some patients also develop tingling, a feeling of numbness, weakness, muscle atrophy, sleep disturbance, irritation, depression, bladder emptying problems and - albeit rarely - even sexual dysfunction.
All too often, doctors treat symptoms for many years without establishing an exact diagnosis, leaving the actual cause untreated. Multiple surgeries, or surgery carried out too early, can in some cases encourage the development of adhesions and instability, which can themselves cause pain.
For this reason, we carry out in-depth consultations with patients prior to any treatment at our clinic, in which we assess the problem from an interdisciplinary perspective if necessary and establish an exact diagnosis. We then discuss the suitable treatment options with you.
Over the next few pages, we offer you an initial overview of the conditions that can affect the back and how they can be treated.
We treat, among others, the following conditions affecting the spine:
- Intervertebral disc wear and tear (degeneration)
- Prolapsed intervertebral disc
- Chronic pain
- Facet joint syndrome
- Iliosacral joint
- Spinal instability
- Recurrent (repeated) disc prolapse
- Pain after surgery
- Spinal canal stenosis
- Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
- Vertebral fracture
Just as there are many forms of back pain, the treatment options available are equally varied. Only once the cause of your back pain has been determined do we start targeted, personalised treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment, an interdisciplinary approach, the use of various methods, care after treatment and the creation of future prevention programmes are key elements of our approach to spinal therapy.
There is no cure-all for back pain. With every patient, we carry out in-depth discussions, investigations and diagnostic procedures to put together a personalised treatment programme. We always request your active engagement with our programmes. Even the best surgery is of limited benefit if patients do nothing for themselves.
We offer you various treatment options on our website. Which of these methods is suitable for you, what opportunities and risks there are with them and what alternatives there might be are all things we would be delighted to discuss with you in person.