Nobody chooses surgery as their first option. Even doctors understand that surgery is not the go-to option when a person is experiencing a problem with their back. Doctors will first encourage their patients to look at conservative treatments, including rest, ice packs, physical therapy and a whole other host of treatments designed to reduce pain, increase strength and improve flexibility in the back. However, when a problem is severe enough, spine surgery may be the only answer.
For some people, conservative treatments work. They are all they need to restore their mobility, get their energy back, and get back to living a normal life. But this is not the case for everyone. There are some people whose back injuries are so severe that the only option available for them is some form of spine surgery.
One way to know if you may need spine surgery is if you have is if you have already exhausted every other option. If physical therapy, appropriate medications and other forms of conservative treatments have not given you the relief you need, then our doctor will likely recommend spine surgery and help you explore your options.
For some people, going on a diet and losing weight is all they need to eliminate their back pain. The extra weight that they are carrying puts an extra burden on their musculoskeletal system. However, some people might still have back pain even after losing weight. For these individuals, surgery might be an option.
There are a lot of people who rely on pain medications. If they take enough medication, they can go about their everyday life in spite of their back pain. However, these medications often come with secondary and sometimes even more serious side effects. They can bring with them nausea, fatigue, addiction and a negative impact on the liver and kidneys. If this is what’s happening in your case, then it might be the right time to talk to our specialist and see what steps can be taken to alleviate your pain, thereby minimizing your dependence on medication.
Chronic back pain can be emotionally draining. Not being able to enjoy your life to the fullest the way you did prior to your injury can sap you of your mental strength. If you feel that you have done all that you can to address your pain using conservative means, then it may be time to look into spine surgery at Innovative Spine. We have two convenient locations in San Antonio and would love to help you learn more about your options. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.