What is interventional spine care?
Julie: Hi, I am Julie Bragg here with Dr. Michael DePalma and Dr. DePalma, you are an interventional spine specialist. What does that mean?
Dr. DePalma:Interventional spine care is a subspecialty in which specially trained physicians diagnose and treat a wide array of painful spinal disorders using things like physical therapy, certain medications, and when appropriate, x-ray guided non-operative techniques.
Julie: What are some of the common symptoms that patients have and then they come to see you for help?
Dr. DePalma: 80% of individuals are affected by low back pain at some point in their lifetime, and the most common source of low back pain is injury of a disk. Advances in technology have allowed us to more accurately diagnose the source of symptoms so that we can more definitively treat them and get the patient back to a better quality of life more quickly.