Have you been suffering from severe back or neck pain and trying every possible solution for relief but still missing out on the activities you love? Your doctor keeps suggesting spine surgery as an option. But how do you know when spine surgery is the right “next step’ in finding relief for your pain? Let’s explore the signs that spine surgery is right for you and how to take that next step in your healing journey. 

Conservative Treatments Aren’t Cutting It

If you’ve been suffering from back pain for a while chances are your doctor has prescribed conservative treatment options to help relieve your pain. OTC medicines, anti-inflammatories, physical and occupational therapies and injections such as cortisone, can aid in the reduction of back pain. Your doctor also may have suggested reducing your lifestyle risks including stopping smoking, losing weight, practicing proper movement and posture which can also aid in the reduction of back pain. However, if these methods are not proving to reduce pain and other symptoms persist , it may be time to explore your spine surgery options. 

Pain Is Getting Worse

Another key sign that you should talk with your doctor about your spine surgery options is when your pain is getting worse. Many back pain sufferers put off surgery thinking that, eventually, their condition or pain will end or at least decrease, especially if they follow the conservative suggestions their physician recommends. Unfortunately, conservative measures don’t always work and if the pain is getting worse it is highly recommended that you discuss your spine surgery options with your physician so that your quality of life does not suffer further. 

While conservative measures and lifestyle changes are typically the first courses of action for back pain, it also imperative that your physician finds the root cause of your discomfort and the type of condition you suffer from so that the appropriate treatment and potential surgery is selected. The type of condition that you suffer from matters for all spine surgery candidates, especially in nerve-related situations.  

Types of nerve-related problems can include: 

  • Bone spurs that are putting pressure on your spinal cord
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) that is causing mobility issues
  • Lost bladder or bowel control 
  • Numbness or weakness making it difficult to walk or use your hands

Your Quality Of Life Is Suffering

All of these nerve-related symptoms may also decrease your quality of life. Lack of physical comfort and mobility issues that cause you to no longer be able to be independent or maintain your job can cause a sharp decline in your quality of life resulting in your relationships with friends and family and mood suffering. When you notice a decline in your mood or issues beginning to arise in relationships stemming from your symptoms, it may be time to take that next step of spine surgery and get back on track to the life you want to live.  

If you are struggling with debilitating back pain or think it may be time to take the next step in your healing journey and explore your spine surgery options fill out our Treatment Finder today.