Back pain can be very debilitating, extending into the legs and affecting other parts of the body. Once a back receives an injury, the pain can return over and over within varying intervals. It is not uncommon for back pain to follow a person their entire life once an injury occurs.
Avoiding surgery of the spine should always be attempted to prevent the risk of a failed operation. There have been so many horror stories about back surgery that it is no wonder most people will do almost anything toward avoiding surgery of the spine. One thing this has instilled is the necessity of a second opinion.
Options to Avoid Surgery
Most of the time, back surgery is elective and considered a last resort. If neurologic deficit is present or instability, it may not be elective. But if it is, it must be understood that the results are not always a home run so comprehensive pain management treatment should be attempted first. The Florida Pain Network has listings for pain clinics in Orlando, Tampa pain management clinics, pain clinics in South Florida, and many more.
Treatments available include medication management, spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, spinal decompression therapy, acupuncture, and more. What you don’t want is to end up with a suboptimal result after elective spine surgery and say “Did I really do all I could have to avoid it?”
Surgery as a Last Option
Any surgery that is not necessary should be avoided. The back is home to many nerve endings and a small mistake can produce severe consequences. Most back surgery is difficult to repair if it does not produce the desired effect.
It is much better to pursue every meaningful corrective procedure possible before undergoing an operation on the back. Unless there is unequivocally no other course of action, avoiding surgery of the spine is a top priority.
A back brace can often provide enough support to reduce much of the pressure that causes pain, an electrical stimulators such as with a TENS unit can interrupt the signals of pain from entering the brain. Additionally, chiropractic procedures may render effective relief from back pain so surgery can be avoided. Along with physical therapy, the back may receive stretching, strengthening, and enough core stabilization to make the pain tolerable and avoid surgery.
The Florida Pain Network connects those in pain with pain relievers throughout the state including pain clinics, chiropractors, and physical therapy practices. Visit THIS PAGE to pick the type of provider needed, and the listings closest to you will show up right away. Or simply call (877) 877-8556 today.