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

When it comes to acute medical conditions, low back pain probably is one of the most prevalent all over the world. In fact, acute low back pain is something we all will experience at least once in our lives. There are times when the condition becomes so painful and unbearable for some. Fortunately, majority of the cases will get better in time, mostly ranging from two to about ten weeks without the need of serious medical intervention.

Now what if you have been suffering from low back pain for more than a couple of months now and yet there seems to be no progress at all? 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.

Although the most serious cases will have to be referred to a spine surgeon, the usual process begins with getting a physical exam from the primary care physician or the family doctor. 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 doctor also has the option of prescribing physical therapy for you or a visit to the chiropractor.

When To See the Surgeon

Before you ultimately come to the decision to visit a spine surgeon, you must first get confirmation through imaging studies and the confirmation of the common symptoms that say you’re definitely in need of a back surgery. The key is figuring out if there is identifiable anatomic cause of the your condition and it can only be done through advanced medical exams that include MRI scanning, discography, and routine flexion extension films for instability. But in the case there is no identifiable anatomic cause, it means you should be getting surgery in the first place.

One thing you must be reminded though is that if conventional non-surgical treatments don’t help you get the pain treatment you, it doesn’t always translate to spine surgery. In case there’s proof that surgery is in fact needed, the decision to undergo back surgery still falls in the hands of the one suffering from the low back pain, which in this case is you. 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.

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