18 Apr When to Consider Back Surgery
Spine surgery is a big decision, and it should not be taken lightly. Before making a decision about your care, you should consider all of your treatment options and discuss them with a qualified medical professional. With that in mind, this article will discuss the situations in which you should seriously consider a minimally invasive spine procedure.
You’ve Tried Everything Else
If you suffer from chronic back pain and it seems like you’ve tried everything else, surgery may be your best option. Many patients and doctors alike prefer to try non-surgical treatments initially before considering surgery. But sometimes these treatment methods – physical therapy, pain meds, injections – fail to adequately relive the patient’s pain. At that point, a surgical consultation may be necessary.
In some cases, spine surgery may be your only choice. When patients are seriously injured (in a car crash, for example), immediate surgical intervention may be necessary to prevent permanent nerve damage and paralysis.
You don’t want to mess around when it comes to nerve issues. Ignoring a pinched nerve can lead to severe and permanent nerve damage. Bulging discs and other spinal conditions that impact the nerves can be treated with injections and chiropractic. But these treatments only reduce symptoms – they do not correct the core problem. If you have been diagnosed with a nerve issue in the spine, it’s time to consider a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Your Doctor(s) Recommend It
If you have gotten opinions from more than one physician that recommends spine surgery, it’s time to consider it. A good spinal surgeon can tell by examining your MRI and doing a physical examination whether or not you would benefit from surgery.
Inspired Spine’s revolutionary surgical procedures offer less surgical trauma, shorter recovery time, and ultimately less patient pain. All these benefits make the prospect of going under the knife much less scary. To learn more about our procedures, or to find a provider in your area, contact us today.