Whether caused by a chronic condition or simply overstraining yourself, many people will experience minor episodes of spine pain during their lives. While slight back or neck pain may dissipate on its own or with the help of medications, chronic pain that interferes with your daily life may require additional treatment. If more conservative measures have not alleviated your back or neck pain, talk to your neurosurgeon for more information about spine surgery for pain relief.
Your spine supports your skeletal frame, protects your spinal cord and nerves, and allows your body to move, twist and bend. Accident, injury and repetitive motions can all contribute to spinal conditions that may require surgery to repair damage or relieve pain. You could benefit from spine surgery if you experience symptoms arising from some of the following conditions:
- Herniated Disc: A herniated disc results when one of the soft discs between the vertebrae bulges or becomes torn. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and weakness in the area near the affected disc.
- Sciatica: Sciatica is caused by pressure on the nerves within the lumbar spine. This pressure can arise from a herniated disc, stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Symptoms include tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness down the legs.
- Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis describes a narrowing or compression of the nerves leading away from the spine. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include tingling, numbness, weakness, and burning sensations.
- Spondylolisthesis: Caused by one vertebra slipping onto another and compressing the nerve roots within the spine, the symptoms of spondylolisthesis include lower back pain, decreased range of motion, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs, and the loss of bladder and/or bowel control.
Spine surgery is not the first or only solution to neck or back pain but can be effective when your symptoms have been unresponsive to conventional treatments like physical therapy, pain management or medications and injections. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with your spine specialist or neurosurgeon.
The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.