Is Spine Surgery For Me?
Persistent or perplexing spine pain might send you searching for surgical options, but before you make this decision, it’s important to consider all of your options. While spine surgery can alleviate pain for some patients, it is not a guaranteed fix.
More than 20 percent of Americans suffer from back and neck pain annually, yet 80 percent of people with back pain will find relief with conservative treatments, like physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).
Are you a candidate for spine surgery? If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, spine surgery might be right for you.
- Are you in good health?
- Have you tried physical therapy?
- Have you tried medical therapies?
- Have you tried steroid injections?
- Is your quality of life or activity level greatly diminished by your pain?