Does My Back Pain Require Surgery?

When a person develops significant or acute back pain, it also quite often is accompanied by fear of painful, invasive surgical procedures that may or may not even work. One of the most common questions we hear is “does my back pain require surgery?”

The short answer (and the good news) is: Not necessarily. In fact, while up to 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives, the percentage of those cases requiring surgery is minuscule. The vast majority of back pain issues can be treated effectively without surgery, which is one of the reasons why we recommend surgery as a last resort when other non-invasive treatment options haven’t produced the results we’re looking for.

What are some alternatives to surgery?

Here’s a partial list of non-surgical treatment options that may bring you relief from your back pain:

When is surgery the best option?

Surgery for back pain is required only in a handful of cases. We typically recommend surgery only in the following instances:

Back pain can be understandably scary, especially if you’ve not experienced it before — but as you can see, the number of instances requiring surgery is actually rare. If you experience back pain, don’t assume you need surgery, and don’t be afraid to see a back and spine specialist for fear they will recommend surgery. You likely have many other options to try before that conversation becomes necessary.

To discuss your options for back pain treatment, call Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center today at 404-256-2633. We’d love to talk to you.

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