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Most of us experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. It is a common complaint of middle-age and older adults and those who work in jobs that require heavy lifting and bending. While most back pain is relieved by over-the-counter and prescription medication, rest, heat and physical therapy, sometimes the injury or disease requires surgery for the patient to get relief from the pain and associated weakness/numbness.
The lumbar spine is designed with five vertebrae that are protected with jellylike discs that keep the bones from rubbing against each other. Ligaments hold these discs in place and pairs of spinal nerves and roots connect the lower back in the lumbar and sacral regions.
Most patients have one of three lower back conditions:
While most patients can control their pain with medication and therapy, some conditions may worsen to the point where surgery is required to repair the vertebrae, remove damaged discs or provide space in the spinal canal so that nerves are not pinched. When patients have pain that limits their daily activities, are unable to stand or walk normally, experience persistent weakness and numbness or lose of bowel and bladder function, surgery is the best option.
Learn about some common surgical procedures used to address these conditions.
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