Women and Men from Vancouver and all across B.C. choose False Creek Healthcare Centre because of board-certified physiatrist and spine specialist Dr. Steven Helper. Dr. Helper is dedicated to accurately diagnosing and treating back and neck pain.
Minimally Invasive Spine Treatment
Surgery is not your only solution for relieving spine pain. Most patients with acute and chronic neck and back pain are unaware of the options for treatment available to them. Some patients will benefit from surgery, but often the risks of surgery outweigh the benefits. Thankfully, most painful spine conditions can be managed with non-surgical care.
Our interventional spine treatment specialist, Dr. Steven Helper, has years of experience accurately diagnosing and treating the true source of pain in the neck or back. Dr. Helper uses live x-ray guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures to isolate and then eliminate neck and back pain.
For a full list of treatments visit the website of Dr. Steven Helper – Vancouver Spine Doctor.
What to Expect
Your initial assessment, a comprehensive 90 minute clinical assessment, will involve a discussion of your clinical history, a half-hour physical exam, and additional education and counselling. Your doctor may also plan for future diagnostic testing such as an MRI, x-ray, or CT scan.
After your initial assessment and testing you doctor will develop a step-by-step treatment plan for you. This plan may encompass a physical therapy program, oral medication, therapeutic spine injections and advanced minimally-invasive interventional treatments. Both the injections and the minimally-invasive interventional treatments will performed using live x-ray guidance.
Your physiatrist may decide on one of many different treatments or injections, including selective nerve root or medial branch blocks, Intra-articular facet injections, hip joint injections, vertebroplasty, and radio-frequency neurotomy.
If you are ready to discuss your pain management needs with our physiatrists, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Diagnosis and Treatment options
- Potential risks and complications