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When Does Back Pain Require Surgery

When Does Back Pain Require Surgery?
Not every person experiencing back pain needs surgery.

Spine Surgery is serious business.  It is expensive, it requires a period of bed-rest (often requiring people to take off work) and it can be painful while healing.  Not every person experiencing back pain needs surgery.  It is important to discuss your pain with an experienced spine surgeon.  An orthopedic surgeon specializes in spine complications and can help determine what is triggering your pain.  Surgery is not usually necessary except in severe cases such as:

1. If you have a herniated disk(s).  Disk herniation occurs when the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebrae is pushed out of place. This can be very painful and even cause numbness in your legs.  Even if it is not painful you may still require a surgery to put the disks back into place.
2. If you break or fracture one or more of the vertebrae or cause other serious damage to the spinal column which makes the spine unstable.
3. If you have osteoporosis that has caused fractures or damage to your spine and it becomes in any way unstable.
4. If you have a spinal nerve compression which causes severe pain or numbness in the back or legs.
5. If you have tried other methods to prevent and relieve back pain without avail.  When conservative measures fail it usually is a good time to see an expert neurosurgeon.

The following conditions may require surgery if they're progressive, painful or causing nerve compression:

  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

For more information please contact us at (844) SPINE-TX to speak with one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members.