When is it time for surgery?

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When is it time for surgery?

Your back has been hurting for what seems like forever, and you’ve tried pretty much everything, from stretching and yoga to hours with the heating pad to anti-inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen to visiting a chiropractor, all with limited success. You may have even received some physical therapy and still not seen sufficient relief.

Unrelenting Pain:

“Most back pain resolves on its own within two months,” said the Mayo Clinic. If you’re well beyond that time frame and are still suffering, it’s time to see a doctor.

“Back surgery might be an option if conservative treatments haven’t worked and your pain is persistent and disabling,” they said.

Progressive Pain:

If your pain is not subsiding and is actually getting worse, a trip to the doctor is in order. Pay special attention to increasing weakness in your extremities or extreme back pain that comes on suddenly, which could indicate an issue that needs immediate treatment or has the potential for a surgical response.

Diagnosed Conditions like Herniated Discs or Bone Spurs:

The intense pain and limited mobility that can be associated with these conditions may leave you with no other option but to consider surgery.

Numbness or Tingling:

Numbness or tingling in your legs can be indicative of nerve issues related to a back injury, and may or may not require surgery. We will conduct tests to pinpoint the problem and outline potential treatment options to treat your back pain.

Bladder or Bowel Issues:

If you have back pain with bladder or bowel issues, it can be a sign of spinal stenosis and may lead to a serious emergency. You’ll want to see South Denver Spine immediately to see if surgery is needed and to treat your condition.

In pain? call us today! We will set up a consult online or in office right away.

Time is of the essence, when the above symptoms are not going away. - SDS

 

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Author
Zak Ibrahim, MD - South Denver Spine & Robotics - Denver, CO South Denver Spine & Robotics South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C. offers comprehensive care for a wide range of diseases and injuries that affect the spine. Board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Zak Ibrahim, MD, and the team provide personalized care at convenient locations in Centennial and Castle Rock, Colorado, and Garden City, Kansas. Dr. Ibrahim and the team listen to your concerns and guide you through your treatment options so you can make well-informed, confident decisions. Their overriding priority is to restore your health, a goal they achieve by embracing new technology and being leaders in the field of minimally invasive, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. Dr. Ibrahim was one of the first surgeons to use robotic guidance for spinal surgery, a path he continues to forge today, having performed more robotic-assisted and minimally invasive surgeries than any other surgeon in the Denver Metropolitan area.

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