People who are suffering with back pain often wonder if they need surgery to treat the problem. Thankfully, most back problems can be taken care of with nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, ice, heat, osteopathic manipulation, physical therapy and spinal injections.
When these conservative options do not provide relief, back surgery may be an option. Back surgery is typically only needed in a small percentage of cases, so consulting with an orthopedic specialist is essential to diagnose what treatment is right for you.
Some common reasons that may require back surgery include: vertebral fractures or conditions related to osteoporosis, fractured vertebrae, a few instances of herniated or bulging discs, or the compression of the spinal nerves.
If your back pain is persistent, it’s time to see a medical expert for a consultation. Warning signs that should prompt an immediate evaluation are the presence of fever, worsening pain, continued movement of the pain from the back into the leg, numbness around the area or down the leg, the presence of a lump or an area with an abnormal shape, or pain that continue during rest and disturbs sleep.
For more information or to learn how we can help you, come see us at our offices, just minutes from downtown Joplin, MO. We can schedule a consultation for you to meet with one of our qualified physicians and discuss treatment options for your particular needs.