How to Know When its Time for Back Surgery
This is a question I am faced with a few times a year with patients in my Vineland practice. I am grateful that it doesn’t happen too often, but nonetheless, it is sad when things have got so bad that this becomes the only solution.
There are three major factors that can lead a patient towards the consideration of back surgery. They are:
- When a patient is suffering from unrelenting pain. They have pain no matter what treatment they have tried. It could be chiropractic, pain killers, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, massage, injections and even manipulation under anesthesia. When all these treatments have been tried and they have not succeeded, then surgery may be considered.
- If body functions are not good, so perhaps you are finding numbness or tingling that won’t go away or you are struggling to walk or even hold a cup of coffee properly. These could all be neurological factors that are preventing the signals getting to the brain and thus causing your motions to not work properly.
- If an MRI comes back and shows a problem with a disc herniation which is pushing on the spinal cord and compressing it. At that point, it’s vital to have surgery to correct the problem before it causes serious damage. This is why we normally send you away for MRI scans to enable us to fully understand what’s going on with a serious problem.
We understand that the thought of surgery can be quite scary and certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly, which is why we always suggest trying all treatments first before making the decision.
We see many patients here at Back Pain Relief Center in Vineland who have been suffering with back, neck or shoulder pain for many months, sometimes years. They have searched for solutions to help with their pain and it’s incredible that they are still suffering. We fully believe though, with the right treatment, their pain levels can reduce and they are able to live good lives again.
The biggest hurdle I see in many people is their attitudes. I don’t mean that in a mean way, but many aim to be totally pain free. While that is a fine goal to have, sometimes you do have to be realistic and understand that it may not always be possible due to the type of condition. With degeneration for example, it’s unlikely you will ever be back to normal, but absolutely I do believe you can improve your lot. So dialing down expectations and coming to some kind of acceptance is key.
I see many patients through my clinic here in East Chestnut Avenue in Vineland asking questions like, why do I feel worse after a chiropractic adjustment, or in some cases, how chiropractic works for them, or does chiropractic care make their condition worse? Those patients who come in with extreme pain often cannot bear to be touched, and as such, means they cannot get chiropractic care they need. Unfortunately, sometimes, these extreme conditions can give the practice a bad name because it seems that it can’t help. In reality though, chiropractic adjustments are often exactly what the patient needs in order to return their backs or necks to proper functionality.
The Bad News About Back Pain
We’ve helped a lot of people over the years manage their back pain and find solutions to reducing it. Whether it be through us treating them at our clinic here in Vineland, or through working with other doctors, or simply through referring to appropriate doctors depending on condition, we feel proud to have helped in some way. Despite this, there is some bad news about back pain which we shall now discuss.
Monthly Pain Relief Update: Low Back Pain
Can Bad Backs Heal Themselves?
Low back pain (LBP) from a herniated disk often leads to surgical intervention. However, there are patients with this painful malady who can successfully “ride it out” and repeat MRI imaging six to twelve months later often fails to show little, if any, evidence of the original herniated disk that was initially very obvious. How is this possible?