“How do I know if it’s time for minimally invasive spine surgery?”—that’s a great question.
If you’re thinking about surgery, you want to make sure the time is right. Some of the key signs that can help you decide are:
- Non-surgical treatment hasn’t been effective. In most cases, conservative therapy is the first option. However, if Physical Therapy or injection therapies have not given you lasting pain relief, surgery may be the next option.
- Your symptoms are getting worse. Increased pain, burning, weakness, numbness, and tingling are all signs that there is an underlying spinal issue that may need to be corrected surgically.
- Your work performance is suffering. Back or neck pain that’s causing you to perform poorly at work is a problem. If the same pain is causing you to miss work, that’s an even bigger problem.
- You can’t perform daily functions. Outside of work, there are other tasks that you perform on a daily basis that can become difficult due to pain. These can be as simple as bending over to tie your shoe, carrying a laundry basket or holding your children. If these activities have become seemingly impossible, it may be time.
- You can’t sleep. In many cases, pain can seem to be worse at night and this pain may make it difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in or stay asleep for more than an hour or two. Not being able to sleep can make your pain worse. It can also affect your physical and emotional health.
- Diagnostic tests show your injury is getting progressively worse. If your spine injury gets worse, the surgery needed to correct the problem may become more complicated with a longer recovery time if neglected.
The spine specialists at New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery treat conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine using both non-surgical and surgical modalities. New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery is led by Dr. Dante Implicito and Dr. John Koerner and has offices in Glen Rock and Maywood, NJ. Both physicians have extensive training and experience in the utilization of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery techniques as well as non-surgical techniques.
While here at New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery, all steps in your treatment will be clearly reviewed with you by our outstanding and expert team. Our goal is to ensure your return to the healthy and active lifestyle you enjoyed in the quickest and most effective way possible. Each patient is an individual and must be treated like an individual. Our doctors emphasize a personalized and individualized treatment plan for all of their patients that aim to ensure that each patient is educated and informed when it comes to their procedure.