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How to Tell If It’s Time to Visit the Surgeon for your Low Back Pain

One of the most common medical conditions in the world is low back pain. Well in fact, it’s quite true that acute low back pain is something we all expect to experience at least once. It also is true that for some people, the pain associated with low back pain can be unbearable. The good news is that many of these cases will get better after some time, mostly in two to ten weeks.

But what if your episodes of low back pain does not go away like the way they’re supposed to? There are countless cases of patients with low back pain like you who wonder if they really have to seek a medical professional’s advice to finally get rid of the condition.

While it is true that a spine surgeon will have to be consulted in the most serious of cases, the traditional process usually begins with a physical examination to be performed by the family doctor or any primary care physician. The reason why it makes sense to visit the family doctor first is because he/she can prescribe you medications that can help with the pain, but mostly, he/she can only offer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as non-narcotic pain medications for severe episodes. This same doctor can even recommend physical therapy or chiropractic treatment for you.

Seeing a Spine Surgeon for the Most Serious Cases

You must understand that for you to finally decide to visit a spine surgeon, your condition must first be verified through imaging study and the confirmation of the symptoms that you are indeed in need of back surgery. To figure out if surgery is in fact needed, there has to be an identifiable anatomic cause for your low back pain and the only way to know that is by undergoing advanced lab tests like MRI scanning, routine flexion extension films for instability, and CT scan myelogram. If there is no such thing as an identifiable anatomic cause, it only means that surgery isn’t the answer.

Keep in mind though that in case non-surgical treatments don’t alleviate your pain, it doesn’t instantly mean you should get spine surgery. But the moment there is cause enough to warrant back surgery, you need to understand that the decision still remains in your hands. Therefore, as much as the spine surgeon insists you should get one, they still can’t force you if you refuse.

But then again, there are scenarios in which you may have no other choice but to consider a minimally invasive surgery and this includes the moment when you can no longer perform daily activities because of the low back pain or if taking narcotic pain medications isn’t even affecting the level of the pain.