Spinal surgery is sometimes necessary after a sudden or slow-developing injury. Some operations help correct posture or an anatomical lesion when there is little to no pain. When there is pain such as in the case of a herniated or torn disc, the surgery will help correct the problem and reduce the pain. Orthopedic surgeons conduct these operations. Recovery times vary based on the type of back problem, the complexity of the surgery and other individual health issues.
Are You At Risk?
If you have been experiencing chronic back pain, you may or may not need surgery. Fortunately, many people who have back pain are able to alleviate it with physical therapy, corrective footwear, weight loss or other steps. Our specialists conduct an evaluation and order X-rays or imaging tests to determine the cause of the pain. If surgery is needed for your injury or back problem, an orthopedic surgeon will discuss your options with you.
You may be at risk for developing various back problems that require surgery even if there are no severe symptoms yet. These are some risk factors:
- Improper posture
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Improper foot support
- Poor posture
- Back injuries
- Some illnesses or diseases
- Psychological conditions
If you are at risk, talk to an orthopedic specialist about ways to reduce or eliminate your risks. Everything from proper diet and exercise to choosing the right mattress for back support can help.
What Can We Do?
We can help you discover the cause of your back pain or problems. If you are unsure about back problems but have risk factors, we can help you prevent problems by suggesting a treatment plan. When you have pain, an injury or another issue that warrants the need for surgery, we advise you of this. Our surgeons are skilled and have plenty of experience with the following types of spine operations:
- Cervical fusion
- Disc replacement
- Spinal cord stimulation implantation
- Extreme lateral inter-body fusion
If you recently had a back injury or have had chronic problems with pain, please contact Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP. We will schedule a consultation for you, and our surgeons can help whether you need surgery in the near future or immediately.