When Is Spine Surgery Needed?

Surgery is the last option for back pain patients, according to Neurosurgeon Jobyna Withing. The specialist recommends treatment with multiple types of medications, nonsteroidals or steroids and primary care with a physician or physiatrist, including a pain specialist.

“The vast majority of people who have an episode of back pain or have an episode that most people call sciatica (the pain running down the leg from the back) never needs surgery,” she says.

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