Most people will have back problems at some point in their lifetime, but how do you decide if you need surgery. Obviously, surgery can help in some cases, but in others it might be more problematic than it’s worth. Here’s what many physician think. Patients at severe risk of long-term neurologic injury benefit from surgery, but if the risk of nerve damage is small or even moderate, back surgeries are often put off or totally avoided. Everyone is not the same. There are certain exceptions to the rule. The people who have severe pain or disability need to be looked at very closely. If you’re considering back surgery, it makes sense to seek a second opinion, perhaps even a third opinion.
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