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Is Spine Surgery Right For Me?

If you are suffering from an aching back, know that you are not alone as chronic back pain is very common in the United States. While spine surgery is an option for some patients with back pain, it is not right for everyone. Keep reading to learn more about spine surgery so that you can get an idea of whether or not it makes sense for your particular situation.

The Majority of Back Pain Does Not Require Surgery

Fortunately, most patients with back pain can find relief from their back pain without surgery. Conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, ice, heat, spinal injections, and physical therapy may all help. Typically, doctors only recommend spine surgery if these conservative treatments have not been effective.

When Spine Surgery is Necessary

In order to determine whether you could benefit from spine surgery, you should schedule an appointment with the spine expert at Pacific Spine Specialists, Dr. Timothy Keenen. Dr. Keenen can diagnose the cause of your pain and provide you with treatment recommendations. If conservative treatments have not been successful in the past, surgery may be a viable option. Spine surgery may become necessary to treat pain that stems from the following sources:

  • A herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal fracture or instability
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet disease
  • Sciatica
  • A tumor or infection

Types of Spine Surgery

There are a variety of different spine surgeries available. Your doctor will suggest the surgery that is ideal for treating your particular pain. Here at Pacific Spine Specialists, Dr. Keenen likes to recommend minimally invasive surgery so that he can use a smaller incision and leave the strong muscle fiber intact with the spine. Although he performs other types of more invasive spine surgeries on the cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spines, he advocates minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.

Benefits of Spine Surgery

The most obvious benefit of spine surgery is relief from chronic pain. However, spine surgery offers a variety of other benefits. It can make it easier for you to move around, improve your mood and physical health, and give you the opportunity to go back to work and live a productive, more fulfilling life.

Schedule an Appointment with Pacific Spine Specialists

If you’re tired of back pain and would like to find out if spine surgery is a good choice for you, we encourage you schedule an appointment at Pacific Spine Specialists. We can be reached at 503-885-9391 and look forward to helping you find relief from your back pain.