Many people think that surgery is the ultimate once-and-for-all “fix” for a problem area of their spine that has been injured.
They may believe that the answer to the question of when to have back surgery is if they’ve been living with it for more than a month or so.
And while in a very small percentage of back pain cases surgery has reportedly provided some level of relief…
It’s also true that the permanent changes that surgery makes to your anatomy can cause a host of new problems to appear, and that’s in addition to the inherent risks that come along with such invasive procedures.
For instance, one of the conditions that may result from surgery is referred to as “adjacent segment disease,” and it’s the number one reason low back pain surgical patients go back for more.
Now, odds are, surgery is not something most of us would turn to as a first or even second resort to find relief from our low back pain.
It’s likely that most of our neighbours would look for non-invasive back pain treatment in Brooks before considering surgery.
But some of us with chronic low back pain (which refers to pain that has lasted for more than 3 months) may have wondered if it’s something we’d have to seriously consider.
So, let’s consider it together, right now.