Spine Surgery Overview: Episode 80
In this episode: Spine surgery; we touch on the common surgical procedures as well as reasons to consider surgery or physical therapy.
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Brief overview of the episode:
In this episode we do an overview of spine surgery. There are many options out there and depending on the situation they can all be helpful.
It is important to remember that spine surgery is not a fix all. Sometime pain in your back is due to situations that cannot or should not be corrected by surgery. Pain in general is not the best indicator of surgery.
Atrophy, numbness, tingling, loss of sensation or muscle control are in most cases strong indicators that surgery would be appropriate. Everything has to be considered on an individual basis. Sudden acute changes or trauma are more concerning than a slow progression.
Just because an x-ray or MRI shows a structural change it is important make sure that change is causing your symptoms. That is why a full diagnostic work up is a must before considering surgery. Don’t forget conservative care is not passive it is everything other than surgery.
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