Does your back hurt a lot? Do you have problems with your back and youâ€™re not sure what to do next? Maybe you feel like youâ€™ve tried everything and your back still hurts all the time. No matter your reason for seeking out spine surgery, we would be happy to help you at Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates. Our doctors will evaluate you and help you decide if youâ€™re ready to take the next step toward spine surgery.
One of the things to think about when youâ€™re considering spine surgery is whether youâ€™ve tried everything you can up to this point. You usually have a few options, and youâ€™ll probably want to try them all because spine surgery is usually the final option, after all the rest have been eliminated.
Have you taken any medications that your doctor has recommended? These can include anti-inflammatories, oral steroids, muscle relaxers, and more. Each of these can provide some valuable relief for your back. Together, they may allow you to fully participate in physical therapy in a way that you couldnâ€™t without them. They may also lower the inflammation in your back long enough for it to heal.
Have you followed a physical therapistâ€™s protocol? These professionals can give you exercises that will help your back stretch and get stronger, and will also teach you to use your muscles properly. In fact, misusing muscles is a primary cause of back pain. If you can train the right muscles to fire at the right time, you may avoid spine surgery.
Have you embraced any other treatments your doctor may have recommended? This can include chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, and a number of other therapies that could make your back better. You may not find all of them pleasant, but you should still embrace them because they might help your back pain go away.
Have you had images taken of your back? MRIs and Xrays can offer physicians a picture of your back. This can help them decide if you are a good candidate for spine surgery and, if so, whether you need a spinal fusion or some other type of surgery. You should never definitively choose surgery if your doctor has not yet taken a look at what is actually going on with your back.
How much is your back pain affecting your quality of life? If it doesnâ€™t change much, then spine surgery may not be worthwhile for you. If, on the other hand, you are missing out on a lot of things that you love and that make you happy because your back hurts, then surgery is more likely to be an option. Only you can decide this, but it can mean the difference between waiting to see what happens and pursuing surgery right now.
We would be happy to help you decide if spine surgery is right for you. Give us a call, schedule your appointment, and our professionals will meet with you, help you understand your options, and tell you everything you need to know to make the best choice for you.