Any type of bodily injury can be quite debilitating, but one of the worst types of injuries that can happen to you are back injuries. This is one of the worst types of injuries because your back helps to control so much of your movement in you body. When injuring your back depending on the severity of the injury you can face anything from a mild inconvenience with pain during movement to paralysis. There are many different types of treatments for back injuries depending on the type of injury and the location in the back most common is rest and heat or ice. However if pain persists especially disc pain such as a ruptured disc, bulging disc or a herniated disc back surgery may be inevitable.
There are many back surgeons and back specialists out there to help you seek the answer to your back ailments. Some people prefer to see a chiropractor however before making that decision on your own it is recommend to see a back specialist for advice first as sometimes seeing a chiropractor is not the right answer to help you heal. If you are in need of back surgery it is most common that there are nerves being pinched in your spinal column. Lower back surgery is more common than upper back surgery. The usually reason for back pain surgery is to remove a part of a disc, or replace the disc completely to relieve the pressure on the spine. While there are laser back surgery techniques most surgeons prefer to use other techniques as laser surgery is not as well proven to help control the pain as other surgical procedures have been.
Spinal stenosis is the condition in which the spinal column becomes narrow causing increased pressure on the spinal cord or nerves in the spine. There are two common types which are lumbar spinal stenosis which is when this problem occurs in the back, and cervical spinal stenosis which is when the problem occurs in the neck. Symptoms are numbness in the back, butt, legs, shoulders, or arms and weakness in the limbs. This first type of treatment for this is rest and trying to avoid repeat episodes of back pain. Medications, physical therapy, and certain lifestyle changes may help control the pain and limit the need for surgical assistance. However if none of these options seem to help spinal stenosis surgery is the next option. The surgery will be done on the site of the narrowing and will help to relieve the pressure of the obstruction.
Back surgeries can be one of the toughest surgeries to heal from as your back helps to support your weight when standing and controls so much of your movements. After back surgery expect to be hospitalized for several days or weeks after the surgery, and the pain may become much greater right after the surgery. It can take anywhere from about 6 weeks to over a year to completely heal after surgery. Physically therapy and rehabilitation will be required for a few weeks as you will need to learn how to sit, stand, and walk to keep your spine aligned properly. The best thing to do after your surgery is to take your time to heal. Do not rush yourself as this may damage your spine further and reverse the entire point of the surgery in the first place. Let your body heal. Listen to all doctor recommendations, and do not rush into anything.