Lower back pain Salt Lake CityBack surgery is a significant undertaking. Often it involves an invasive surgery and a long recovery. Many causes of back pain can be solved with lifestyle changes or physical therapy, but there are some conditions and injuries that likely require back surgery to manage the problem.

Those who have herniated discs may require back surgery to alleviate the pain. A disc acts as a shock absorber for the vertebrae that make up the spine. When a disc is bulging or out of its proper place, it is said to be herniated. Sometimes people with bulging discs do not experience pain, but for those experiencing pain from herniated discs, back surgery may be the best option.

However, invasive surgery isn’t always required for herniated discs. Many minimally invasive surgeries for herniated discs are offered at The SMART Clinic, which are procedures that allow for quicker recovery time and less structural interference.

Broken bones, such as fractured vertebrae, or any other injury to the spine require surgery, as it is critical for the spinal cord to be in stable condition. Damage to the spinal cord due to osteoporosis will likely require surgery to stabilize the spine. Any condition which compresses the spinal nerves will cause very severe back pain, and thus is best managed by back surgery.

There are several conditions that, if they painfully progress, may require surgical intervention. The most common of these conditions of scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine. In particular, a curvature of more than 50 degrees will almost certainly require surgery. Kyphosis is an over-curvature of the thoracic vertebrae in the upper back, causing a hump to form. If this hump progresses and causes pain and discomfort to the patient, it can be treated effectively with back surgery. Spinal stenosis is another condition that can necessitate back surgery if it progresses. In the case of spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows due to arthritis.

Back pain can be extremely debilitating, and can cause constant pain and discomfort. If you have experienced any of the conditions or injuries mentioned above, speak with your doctor to determine if back surgery is the best treatment option for your back pain.