Just about every person experiences pain in the lumbar area at one time or another in their life. Usually, it’s an acute lower back pain that goes away after a day or two of rest or after using some medication to calm down the inflammation. The pain that a person experiences when they have lower back problems is significant. When the pain doesn’t go away with conservative treatments, it may be time to consider lumbar surgery. However, it all depends on the unique situation.
A lot of people come into our office with lower back pain thinking that they need surgery. In the vast majority of cases, this just isn’t true. However, there are some patients who will need lumbar surgery. The process of determining whether or not you need spine surgery is going to begin with an examination by a qualified medical professional.
The first option for treatment typically revolves around giving you medications designed to relieve the inflammation and eliminate the lower back pain. You may also be referred to a physical therapist or a chiropractor. A chiropractor is going to use mechanical techniques to try to get rid of your lower back pain. They may provide you with an adjustment, or they may use other modalities.
If your back pain starts to clear up, then you might be able to gradually get back to your everyday life, and there is no need for lumbar surgery. Physical therapy will help to increase the strength of your back, as well as the flexibility of your back.
If these do not work and if there is an anatomical condition that is causing your spine to be unstable or that is pinching a nerve, then spine surgery might be the best option. However, it is important to understand that there has to be something that a surgeon can fix before you would look into spinal surgery.
Our experienced team of professionals at Innovative Spine will work with you to provide you with the information that you need in determining if lumbar surgery is right for you. Spine surgery is not one-size-fits-all; the procedure is completely tailored for the patient. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in San Antonio!