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We have a wide range of treatment options to meet the unique needs of each person that we service when it comes to Tulsa spine surgery. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. believes in taking an all-encompassing approach to your spinal health. If you’re living with chronic pain and would like to see a brighter future on the horizon, give us a call and we can get started on a free consultation at 539-664-4448. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. love servicing the people of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with some of the very best service that you can find when it comes to Tulsa spine surgery. Give us a call today or check us out online to learn more about all of the different procedures that we offer. In this article I will be going into further detail about Anterior Cervical Disectomy with Fusion and how it can be a good treatment option for specific patient’s needs.

Your healthcare professional may recommend an Anterior Cervical Disectomy with Fusion if you are suffering from disc herniation or degeneration in the upper part of the spine known as the cervical area. The Anterior Cervical Discectomy is a procedure that involves surgically entering the front of the neck and removing a damaged cervical disc. Implants of bone and/or metal are put in place of the damaged disc and act to fuse the two vertebra together. If you have some of the following conditions or symptoms, you may be a candidate for an Anterior Cervical Disectomy with Fusion: Weakness in Your Hand or Arm, Arm Pain That Is More Severe Than Neck Pain, Numbness/Weakness in Arms and Extremities, Degenerative Discs or Herniated Discs, Other Cervical Symptoms That Have Failed to Respond to Medication or Physical Therapy, and Others. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. can review the exact symptoms and causes that apply to you and why you may be a candidate for this procedure.

Recovery time is specific for each patient, but your surgeon will have a recovery plan to get you back to normal after the operation. Typically, patients are walking around by the end of the day, and able to return to work in 3-6 weeks, depending on how healed they are and the level of activity involved. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. The Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion procedure may result in complications like, but not limited to, infection, blood clots or loss, bowel and bladder problems, and nonunion, or failure for the graft and vertebra to fuse. This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician like Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. Before you make any decisions about which treatment option may be the best for your specific needs, you need to have a consultation with the doctor. He is an expert in all of these surgeries and would love to guide you to the right solution for your needs.

Information on Living a Pain Free Life

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This Content Was Written For Your Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Kris Parchuri

Pain is a signal from the body to the brain that something is wrong. Either theback is too weak, too inflexible or the wrong body mechanics were used to perform a task. Doctors who focus exclusively on pain symptoms often recommend treatment that is the exact opposite of what is actually needed. Historically, doctors have treated back pain with bed rest and heavy drugs to mask the patient’s discomfort. However, this type of treatment is actually more damaging to the back. It causes back muscles to weaken, which leads to more strain and pain. Patients became dependent on drugs and grew inactive and disabled.

Pain relief can actually be achieved through movement. Low-impact sports such as walking and swimming are ideal in making the back feel better and stronger. Working with a therapist may be necessary for optimal recovery from back or neck pain. Therapists are able to relieve pain using specialized techniques, tissue and joint mobilization and personalized exercises. A therapist is also trained to recognize the boundaries of back and neck pain patients, in order to maximize therapy without causing further injury.

Proper multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs are structured around returning patients to the tasks of everyday life. Once the collaborative effort has paid off, and this has been achieved, it is important to prevent future back attacks. In just about any job situation, there are going to be hazards that need to be avoided, whether it is sitting at a desk or working in a warehouse. You may have encountered the term “ergonomics,” which is surfacing more and more in the workplace. Ergonomics is a science concerned with designing and arranging things people use in the safest and most efficient manner possible. Ergonomics is often applied to people who sit at a desk all day. While it seems harmless, sitting for long periods of time can actually cause back pain. It unloads weight on the back, especially if the chair is poorly designed.

Muscles were designed to move and stretch. Sitting pulls muscles into a shortened position, causing stiffness. Also, the sciatic nerve, which runs between the spine and thighs, can be compressed by the weight of sitting for a long time. Just like at a desk job, driving for a long period of time can cause strain on the back. Many seats in cars are designed to support the spine properly, but even if your car was designed ergonomically, your height may differ from the height of the person the seat was designed for. Be sure to remove your wallet from your back pocket before a long drive, as it can place pressure on the sciatic nerve. To prevent back pain, stop and stretch every hour or so to keep muscles loosened up. Feel it out. If your back hurts after a long drive, roll up a towel and place it behind your low back to support the lumbar spine.