Interactive Tool: Should I Consider Surgery for My Low Back Problem? - What’s next?
If you are concerned about back pain
or other related symptoms such as leg pain, numbness, or weakness, talk to your
doctor about what steps you can take. If surgery is unlikely to help, you can
still take action to reduce and control your symptoms.
Only a person who has experienced a damaged spinal disk understands the agony and helplessness it brings. The pain can be excruciating. Every movement seems to make it worse.
This pain is a warning signal that you should heed. If you take appropriate action, the discomfort usually stops, and the problem can be corrected.
Spinal disks are rubbery pads between the vertebrae, the specialized bones that make up the spinal column. Doctors call them intervertebral disks. Each disk is a flat, circular...
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