If you’ve been dealing with back or neck pain for months or even years, then you may be ready to try anything to find relief. You may even be considering spine surgery just to try to alleviate some of the pain. That said, spine surgery isn’t always the best treatment option for everyone. At the Spine Care Center in Manassas, we help you make a careful, informed decision about surgery to ensure that you receive the proper care.
In today’s blog, we will give some insight into what might make you a candidate for spine surgery. Remember to request an appointment with our expert team in order to find out if spine surgery is the best treatment option available to you. The team at the Spine Care Center is proud to help people treat their back and neck pain.
You may be a candidate for spine surgery if:
You’ve Tried Everything
If you’ve tried medicines, physical therapy, epidural injections, and other conservative measures without meaningful relief, then spine surgery may be your best shot at pain relief. However, it’s important to remember that spine surgery isn’t always effective, even with the most experienced surgeons. That’s why it is crucial to try less invasive and less risky therapies first.
Your Pain is Disabling
Disabling back pain is pain that keeps you from walking, standing, or completing your daily activities. The pain may be so bad that you have to take time off of work or receive assistance from others in order to care for yourself in day-to-day life. After months of this disabling back pain, you may consider spine surgery as a viable treatment option.
You Have a Clear Diagnosis
Certain types of back pain or neck pain respond better to surgery than other types of pain. For instance, back pain that radiates down your arms or legs is often the result of a pinched nerve, and surgical treatment may be more effective at relieving this pain than other options.
In general, spine surgery works best for diagnoses such as:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Ruptured discs
- Bone spurs
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine)
- Spinal fractures
If your imaging tests clearly show one of these conditions, you may consider spine surgery when other options don’t work. However, if it’s not clear what is causing your back pain, spine surgery is likely to be less effective.
You’ve Gotten a Second Opinion
You may trust your spine surgeon, but it’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion before undergoing a major surgery. When your surgeon recommends surgery, especially if they recommend it before trying any other treatment options, it’s a good idea to see a different spine surgeon at another practice and learn their opinion. If they agree with your original surgeon, then surgery is likely right for you. If the surgeons disagree about what is best for you, then you may have to make a tough decision about your care.
Faisal Siddiqui, MD, the expert spine surgeon at The Spine Care Center, provides personalized care for all of his patients. Dr. Siddiqui will work with you to ensure that spine surgery is your best option so that you feel comfortable and confident in your care.
If you think you are a candidate for spine surgery, then call The Spine Care Center in Manassas today at (703) 257-2266 or request an appointment online.