When Is Spine Surgery the Right Step in Your Search for a Pain Free Back? 

When you’re experiencing chronic back pain, the thought of having spine surgery may seem scary. Surgical procedures come with risks, and you may be worried about undergoing a surgical procedure. You may be surprised to find that many patients never need surgical intervention to enjoy pain relief. However, when conservative options don’t work, it’s important to know when surgery is the right step in your search for a pain free back.


Consulting with a Spine Specialist

The best way to determine what type of treatment is necessary for your back pain is to consult with a spine specialist. A specialist can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and pain with the use of medical imaging and other tests. After determining the source of the spine pain, then your specialist can offer treatment recommendations, helping you to determine the next step. In most cases, spine surgery will not be the first treatment recommended.


Exhaust Conservative Treatment Options First

When you’re considering surgical intervention, it’s always a good idea to exhaust more conservative treatment options first. Some conservative treatment therapies that offer excellent results for many patients include injection therapy, medication therapy, and physical therapy. Most patients will find success with more conservative treatments, but if you continue to experience pain and/or other symptoms after treatment, it’s important to bring this to the attention of your spine specialist.


When Does Spine Surgery Become Necessary?

In some cases, damage or injury to the spine may require spine surgery, particularly if you’ve exhausted conservative treatment options with no relief. If you’re still experiencing significant pain or dealing with other symptoms that affect your quality of life, it may be time to consider the next step – surgery. However, surgical intervention should always be considered a last resort.


Surgery may become necessary to treat back pain that results from many sources, including:


  • Pinched nerves, sciatica, or nerve compression
  • Spinal stenosis, facet disease, spondylolisthesis, and foraminal stenosis
  • Spinal instability or fracture
  • Presence of bone spurs, infection, or tumor
  • Degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, or other types of disc disorders


If your specialist recommends surgery and you’re unsure whether it’s the right step for you, you can always get a second opinion. Quality, qualified surgeons will be happy to have you get a second opinion, since they understand that undergoing surgery on your spine is a big step in your pursuit of a pain free back.


The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

When you and your spine specialist decide that spine surgery is the right next step for your unique case, talk to the surgeon about your surgical options. Many minimally invasive techniques are now available, and these techniques increase the safety and outcomes of surgical intervention. Minimally invasive surgery also reduces recovery times, ensuring you get back on your feet quickly. You’ll enjoy fewer risks and a great chance of success with these cutting-edge, minimally invasive techniques are used by your spinal surgeon.

Although surgical intervention is rarely the first treatment option to consider, it can help you finally enjoy a pain free back if other treatments have failed. Talk to your spine specialist today to find out if surgery is a viable treatment option for your back pain.