I am guy 68 years old guy who has had back pain most my life. Started on a long auto trip when I was in my 20's. I have been able to manage with stretching, exercise and yoga. Recently, however, something new has been added. When I bend forward for even a short period and then straighten up, I hear and feel a click in my lower spine. As a result, I now have a chronic deep aching pain in my lower back most of the day. The only real relief for it is to lie down. I have tried physical therapy, pain management(steroid injections and selective nerve root block) and accupuncture. I am about to try a chiropractor but I don't have much hope.
From what I've read, I think I have what is called a slipped disk although I'm not exactly sure what that is. I'm thinking I need surgery, preferably minimally invasive. I read about the North American Spine Institute which seems promising. Before I trust them to have a go at my spine, however, I think that I should have a neurogist or orthopedic doctor here in Houston recommend them and try to pinpoin my problem and recommend a solution. I am thinking a neurologist because if the NASI can do what it advertises, the affected nerves could be disabled somehow and the slipped disk would no longer cause pain.
What do you think? Exactly what kind of doctor in Houston should I have diagnose the cause of my pain and is the North American Spine Institute a reputable outfit. They make a small incision a the bottom of the spine and use a computer controlled procedure that where a small tool/injector on a cable can travel an inner tunnel that runs it's length and deactivate the affected nerves under the aid of a some kind of scope.