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When To See A Spinal Surgeon

Have you been experiencing back pain for years that doesn’t seem to go away with treatment? Is the pain unbearable? If so, it might be time for you to see a spinal surgeon. We specialize in treating patients with a variety of spinal issues and are here to help when you are in need of a spinal specialist. For your convenience, we have provided some more information about the signs and symptoms that you should visit us.

Severe Back Pain

There are instances when back pain can be severe enough to require medical attention from a specialist. But how do you determine whether your pain is severe enough to merit a trip to our office? While each case is unique, there are a few indicators that can help you decide the best course of action when it comes to seeking treatment for your back pain.

Mild to moderate back pain can usually be treated and managed without the need for surgical intervention. Typically lower back pain or general back pain that does not interfere with your day to day life can be addressed with your primary care provider. However, if the pain is bad enough to bother you daily while during your usual day to day activities, seek the help of a spinal surgeon. The pain can change your behavior and personality, and many patients describe it as “pain you simply can’t take anymore.” Severe back pain that requires the attention of a specialist will affect various aspects of your daily life and may make movement difficult. You may also experience trouble walking and leg pain. If you have leg or lower back pain that persists for more than a few weeks, it is time to see a spinal surgeon.

Medical Emergencies

Medical emergencies are an additional reason to see a spinal surgeon. If you experience weakness in the legs or numbness in the buttocks, hips, or legs, these symptoms could be indicative of a more serious, urgent condition. Severe back pain accompanied by other symptoms such as bladder and bowel dysfunction are important to address immediately as well as these could be indicators of a rare but serious disorder called cauda equina syndrome. This disorder is considered a surgical emergency and affects the bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord. Patients who experience this condition are typically successful with treatment if they seek medical attention immediately.
It is important that you seek immediate medical care either at our office or at the nearest emergency room if you experience these types of symptoms in order to prevent permanent damage such as incontinence or paralysis.

Will I need surgery?

Many patients avoid seeking care from their spinal specialist out of fear that they will need spinal surgery. Most cases of back pain are able to be treated without surgery, and we will always recommend non-surgical treatment options before resorting to surgical intervention. However, if surgical methods are required, you don’t need to panic! What most people don’t know is that surgical treatment methods don’t always mean extensive recovery times and a hospital stay. With today’s technology and treatment options, we are often able to provide less invasive options that allow for quicker recovery times and in some cases the ability to return home the same day of surgery.

If you have been experiencing severe back pain, don’t spend another day in agony. Contact Paul M. Brisson, MD Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to a more comfortable, better life!

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