It is the goal of Inspired Spine to provide surgical solutions for chronic back pain problems. For most people, any episode of lower back pain will tend to get better within two weeks to three months. During this time period that an episode of back pain is resolving, or if the back pain is chronic, it is important to consider the appropriate course of conservative (meaning non-surgical) treatment in order to:
Treatment options are considered “conservative” when they are non-invasive (such as medication) or markedly less invasive (such as injections, physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, or chiropractic manual manipulation) than surgery.
As a general rule, surgery for lower back pain is considered if conservative back treatment fails and the lower back pain and/or leg pain persists for an extended period of time, or if the patient is unable to maintain a satisfactory ability to function in everyday activities. The goal of this policy is to ensure that conservative treatment options are explored prior to surgery with each patient.
Obviously there are other considerations in certain clinical situations including but not limited to frank instability, significant weakness, that may cause permanent deficit without immediate surgical intervention, so this policy is guideline for surgery for lower back pain without significant neurological deficit.