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. Low Back Pain – An estimated 75 to 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. Although low back pain can be quite debilitating and painful, in about 90 percent of all cases, pain improves without surgery.

.Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCFs) – VCFs are the most common fracture in patients with osteoporosis, affecting about 750,000 people annually. Traditionally, people with severe pain from VCFs have been treated with bed rest, medications, bracing, or invasive spinal surgery. When conservative treatment options have proven ineffective, two minimally invasive procedures, called vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty may be considered as treatment options. Recent advances in spinal procedures have reduced the need for invasive surgery, in many cases.

. Chronic Pain – It is estimated that 30 to 40 million Americans a year suffer from pain that does not respond to aspirin or ibuprofen. Chronic pain may affect people to the point that they cannot work, eat properly, participate in physical activity, or enjoy life. Estimated costs for treating chronic pain, both directly and indirectly, are close to $50 billion a year. Neurosurgeons treat chronic pain with state-of-the-art medical technology. The most commonly treated conditions that cause pain are atypical facial pain, failed spinal surgery, phantom limb pain, stroke, and headache.

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