BACK SURGERY

As we age, many of us begin to experience back pain. Studies show that 80% of all Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lives. There are numerous causes of back pain – and many effective treatment options including anti-inflammatory medications, heat, rest and physical therapy. However, if the pain persists and the other treatment options haven’t worked, back surgery may be recommended by your physician.

When is back surgery a good idea?

If you have a herniated disk, surgery could likely be recommended – especially if there is persistent pain and nerve compression, which can lead to muscle weakness. Nerves may become compressed for a variety of reasons including:

The different types of back surgery:

Consider all options
Before proceeding with back surgery, be sure to consider all options. It should be noted that it can be very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain, even if your X-rays show that you have disk problems or bone spurs. Back pain can be a complex issue that should be discussed at length with your health professional.

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