When to get surgery for back pain

If you are considering getting surgery for your back pain, then you need to be sure that this is the right step for you and the levels of pain that you are experiencing. There are many different things that can cause back pain and you will want to be sure that you find the right treatment options for the cause of the pain, rather than only fixing the pain. This means that  you can take pain medication and over the counter anti inflammatories but you will want to be sure to visit a doctor and see what the problem really is and how to solve it. spine surgery

When it comes to finding the right options for your treatments, then you will want to start by going to your doctor and having your back pain officially assessed and diagnosed. They may choose to take X-Rays or even an MRI or CT Scan in order to find out what the problem is. They may even refer you over to a neurosurgeon or neurologist right away in order to get the care that you need.f

Once you have it assessed, then you can start to make the decisions, along with your doctor or neurosurgeon, to find out what will work best for you and what won’t work for you. Listed here are times when it may be time for spine surgery:

  1. You have had clear and persistent pain. If you have had very clear and consistent pain for a while, then you may need to consider spine surgery. This is especially the case if you have tried all other methods and nothing else is working.
  2. You have a slipped disc. If you have a slipped disc then you may need to have spine surgery in order to correct the problem as it may not correct itself on its own.
  3. You have bone spurs.If you are facing bone spurs, then you may need to have these fixed through surgery, especially if they are putting pressure on your spinal cord.
  4. You have a degenerative spinal diagnosis. You may need to have spine surgery if you have been diagnosed with something that causes damage to your spinal cord over time, such as stenosis.
  5. You have a loss of your bowels and/or bladder. If you have experienced a loss of control with your bowels or bladder, then you will need to consider spine surgery.
  6. You have a broken bone. If you are faced with a broken bone in your spinal cord, then you may need to consider spine surgery as a treatment option.
  7. You have been diagnosed with a tumor on your spine. Many times tumors may need to be surgically removed as the only treatment option, pending the size and location.

As you can see, there are many different reasons that may lead you down the path to spinal surgery. You will want to have your condition assessed by a neurosurgeon before making any big decisions! You can find the right neurosurgeon by reaching out to the experts over at Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates.