Living with chronic back pain can be frustrating, especially when you're also suffering from decreased mobility. Spinal issues can affect your ability to perform everyday activities, such as bending, walking, and exercising. If you have back problems that are negatively impacting your quality of life, you may be wondering if spinal surgery can help relieve your symptoms.
Non-surgical options, such as physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medications, may help with some causes of back pain. However, others may require additional treatment. If you’ve already tried other options to relieve your pain and restore your mobility, your healthcare provider may tell you it's time to consider spinal surgery.
There are three main types of spinal surgery:
Spinal fusion is a procedure that’s used to correct problems with the vertebrae in your spine. During this surgery, two or more vertebrae are permanently fused together to form one solid bone.
Spinal decompression is a type of surgery that can help relieve pain and pressure caused by pinched nerves in the spine. Diskectomy, laminectomy, and foraminotomy are all common spinal decompression procedures.
Vertebral augmentation surgeries involve injecting bone cement into one or more vertebrae to treat painful compression fractures in the spine. The two most common types of vertebral augmentation surgery are vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
Click below to read a breakdown of each procedure.