Living with pain can be difficult but deciding for surgery or not can be more complicated. People living with one or more spinal condition think about surgery at some point during the course of their pain episodes. But Prior deciding for surgery let’s learn about different spinal conditions and whether they can be treated without surgery or not?
Damage to the nervous system is believed to be the basic cause of all sort of back pains. It is just a simple mechanism of the nerves that sense the pain in response to an unfortunate event. This directs the brain to respond in an alarming way of something being imbalanced. Certain pain receptors in the body are said to transmit the pain all the way to the brain through the spinal cord.
But Structural Level uses a different approach revealing different conditions being the cause of the pain.
Some prominent Conditions are:
- Bulging disc;
- Herniated disc;
- Spinal stenosis;
Some Well Known Spinal Conditions
Disks can be defined as rounder cushions that intact between your spinal bones. Their applications are as shock absorbers allowing room for movement without your bones colliding together. When one of these disks displaces or push out in between the bones, it gets pressed by the nearby nerves. This causes pain in the legs and arms following numbness and weakness.
To relieve a herniated disc consider resting and some of the pain relievers. Physical therapy can also be considered due to its muscle relaxing applications. If you don’t observe improvement in your symptoms surgery can improve your pain rapidly nut it comes with potential side effects.
While a herniated disc may reveal a crack in the outer layer of the disc. This layer is known as the annulus. A small is affected due to this crack. This makes the softer inner material of a nucleus pulposus to rupture.
A bulging disc, on the other hand, bulges just outside the space it is positioned in between the vertebrae. But the disc doesn’t rupture. A much larger part is affected due to the bulging disc than a herniated disc. A bulging disc is common to occur and is less painful than the herniated disc. It is also possible to experience a bulging disc with no pain at all.
Having developed a bulging disc doesn’t mean you will go through a surgery. The treatment depends on the symptoms of your bulging disc. There are patients with bulging disc who don’t need surgery. Their symptoms get managed by conservative means of treatment.
Spinal Stenosis significantly causes pain in the lumbar spine. The symptoms are numbness, weakness in back and legs region following butts. Symptoms vary from being mild to severe at times. Symptoms can be managed to make some changes to day to day activities, medications and getting exercise. Try considering something else or a combination of other things if they don’t seem to work for you in the first place. Consider surgery if your pain hasn’t got better in all these months and you are not able to attend the day to day tasks. But surgery follows some of the potential side effects namely as infection, damage to nerves and failed surgery syndrome meaning not relieving symptoms. Surgery doesn’t ensure the comeback of new symptoms in near future.
A condition that occurs due to moving out of the position of the vertebrae and resting on the bone below. Placing an extended pressure on one or more nerves. This condition is common for causing back pain and interferes with your daily routine. Non-surgical spondylolisthesis treatment is not the surgeon’s recommendation in the first place. But if other options fail than a spinal fusion surgery might be ahead for you. Other treatment options contain physical therapy, pain medications, and non-surgical options.
Spinal Conditions That Require Surgery
In our opinion, the only spinal conditions that require surgery are:
- Fractured, or broken, vertebrae
- Certain infections
Otherwise, we strongly advise all of our patients not to undergo spinal surgery.
Surgery is a medical invention is now adopted worldwide. The procedures are carried out by professionals who are best at what they perform. This means spinal surgery can be an option to consider when nothing seems to work. But this doesn’t justify the success rate of the surgeries. In fact, in most of the cases, it is seen to fail the expectations of the patients trying to benefit from it.
This is the reason behind surgeons’ admitting the fact that there always exists a high chance of failure. This has given rise to a Syndrome known as the Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. All due to an increased aggravation to the present condition and maybe a generation of some others. Let’s take fusion for an example, spine experience more stress due to the ceasing of vertebral motion.
Surgery is an aggressive mean of treatment option due to its damaging capabilities to muscles, ligaments, and nerves operated on. Blood supply is significantly cut down among these structures. This welcomes other injuries. Damage to spinal nerves doesn’t welcome favorable consequences. Moreover, paralysis of the foot can be one of the fatal results of spinal nerves damage (S1 Nerve). This condition is named as the foot drop. A person’s sexual organs, bladder, and bowel can also get affected following damage to the roots such as (S2–S4).
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