How do I know if I really need spinal surgery?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: June 04, 2019

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How do I know if I really need spinal surgery?

Do you need to know if you really need to have spinal surgery? There are alternatives to this surgical procedure, as it may be unnecessary and put your health at risk.

Spinal pain is one of the main clinical problems in the modern world, since this disease is classified within the group of chronic-degenerative diseases of the spine.

The spine: a current and persistent problem

Spinal pain is currently considered an "epidemic", since over 60% of patients suffering from it are known to be absent from work and up to 50% of them undergo pain again.

In England it has been seen that the annual absence of workers was 70 weeks for every 100 employees who were absent due to spinal pain.

The high cost involved in using spinal surgery as the only alternative to this condition has become a major problem for families.

Is it necessary to have spinal surgery?

Published studies on the results of spinal surgery report that there are affectations on an average of 10 to 12 years after spinal surgery is performed. These poor results include:

  • EPost-operative pain.
  • The collapse of the graft.
  • Loss of mobility and surgical site infections.

We must always remember that an operated column is not a new column.

The alternatives to surgery

Some of the conditions that may require spinal surgery Include: disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, degeneration of the intervertebral discs, etc.
However, there are conservative treatments that include: analgesic treatment and muscle relaxants, physical therapy, postural and/or ergonomic training and stabilization exercises.

Restoration of intervertebral movement can be achieved with physical therapy and gentle mobilization.

Therapeutic exercise programs should focus on increasing flexibility with improved hip mobility and stabilization of the lumbar spine.

It is important that the patient who suffers from spinal pain learns about it, to perform his or her exercises frequently, as well as to learn and never forget its limits.

Visit the CCV for an assessment

Finally, a patient with spinal pain should be diagnosed by a physician through a complete medical history, physical examination and studies that complement his or her diagnosis.

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we specialize in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of spinal conditions. Our method is completely safe and effective. If you require a second opinion or are looking for an alternative treatment to surgery, do not hesitate to come to us.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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