What You Need To Know When Considering Spinal Fusion Surgery
May 11th, 2018
Chronic pain affects over a quarter of Americans, and chronic back pain is the most common cause of disability worldwide. Many chronic back pain patients, at one time or another, are faced with the decision of whether or not to undergo spinal fusion surgery.
While there are many causes for back pain, one of the leading causes is degenerative disk disease. This breakdown of the tissue between the vertebrae often leads to discomfort caused by inflammation and bone-on-bone contact. While many struggle with the disease, according to our newest blog, What is Spinal Fusion Surgery, most people don’t know that healthy doses of Omega-3 fatty acids can actually help slow the degeneration of the spine. While disk degeneration is normal with age, there are things that can be done to help alleviate the pain.
For the vast majority of people suffering from low back pain, surgery is not necessary and may not be the best option. Most people can control their back pain with a regimen of exercise and physical therapy. While some people may require the help of medications, exercise therapy is proven to be one of the most effective treatment methods for chronic back pain. This is always worth trying before making the decision to undergo spinal fusion surgery.
However, for some, the pain is not alleviated with exercise and medications often provide insufficient help. If you haven’t been able to alleviate your pain through other methods and your daily life is being affected, it may be time to consider spinal fusion surgery. If you have pain lasting longer than 6 months, you should definitely consult your doctor about what the best options are for you going forward and tailor your care plan with your physician. For more information on spinal fusion surgery, visit our latest blog.
What Helps Pain is dedicated to bringing you all the information you need to make educated decisions and be an active participant in your healthcare plan. For more information about chronic pain and what you may be able to do, visit whathelpspain.com.
Kerri Gaither (Bamboo Marketing Solutions, LLC)