People suffering from severe back pain may often wonder, “Do I need back surgery?” In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. Most people can reduce their back pain through a combination of medication management, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and/or injection therapy. In fact, “99 percent of patients with severe back pain, including those with herniated disks and sciatica, can have their pain managed without surgery. There are many procedures available that can minimize or cure the pain, improving the patient’s quality of life.” To find the appropriate pain management techniques, patients can work with us.
In severe cases where patients do not respond to more conservative treatment options, back surgery may be recommended. Reading the following information should help you answer the question of “Do I need back surgery?” as well as provide you with facts about back surgery alternatives.
Back Surgery Alternatives
“Do I need back surgery if I feel pressure in my lower back?” There are many different causes of lower back pain; some, such as sciatica, are caused by compression or irritation of a lumbar nerve, possibly due to a herniated disc. For many people that are experiencing back pain as a result of sciatica, the answer to the question, “Do I need back surgery?” is “no.” Some people, often including those who fail to respond to pain medication, can benefit from an epidural injection.
We recommend injections physical therapy and medications first, before recommending surgery.
Please make an appointment today with Fast MD 4 You at 470-424-8888 if you need help with back pain.