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How can surgery help inflammatory back pain?

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For most chronic back pain, surgery is a last resort. You may need surgery when you have a herniated disk or a pinched nerve from the spinal cord.

Rhizotomy -- surgically cutting a nerve -- stops it from sending pain signals to your brain. The surgery can fix the symptoms caused by extremely damaged nerves and rubbing surfaces in a spinal joint. But it doesn't treat other problems, like herniated disks.

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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