As we age, chronic back trouble may become a painful part of daily life. Almost 25% of all doctors' visits for low back pain are patients over the age of 65.
At one time, surgery was considered too risky to be an option for a lot of seniors. But minimally invasive procedures may put more elderly patients back in play.
Marjorie Kagan was six months short of being 82 when she joined thousands of runners in the 2011 New York City Marathon. Her finish was among the most impressive.
Marjorie started running late in life to fill the void when her husband, passed away. With one marathon in the books, Marjorie intended to keep at it, but then back trouble began.
Marjorie had scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that was pressing on a nerve and causing leg pain. When physical therapy and injections didn't work, it was suggested that she consider a minimally invasive approach.
One nerve that was being pinched by the scoliosis and the procedure would just treat that one nerve.
With minimally invasive back surgery, patients have a faster recovery, less scarring, and face fewer post-operative complications, like infection.
Marjorie's back to running, doing 5ks and 10ks and enjoying it.
Marjorie had the minimally invasive surgery in June of last year and was released from the hospital after a one-night stay. She was on her feet and walking upon her release.
If you would like more information on minimally invasive treatments for chronic back pain, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.