However, the treatment will be noticeably different and it’s important for an accurate diagnosis to be reached before treatment is begun. Once less invasive options have been exhausted, such as fluid injections, pain medications, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment, then a determination of surgery has to be concluded. And if the herniated disc or disc degeneration seen on the MRI is not found to be the primary cause for the pain, then surgery will be unsuccessful. If they are found to be the source, then the method of surgery will differ. In the case of disc degeneration, lumbar spinal fusion surgery will be the way forward where the surgeons will attempt to fuse the space between the discs together and remove the motion. On the other hand, a herniated disk will bring about micro-decompression surgery where the portion of the disc that is herniated will be removed.
It’s true that there’s a lot we don’t yet know about the mysteries of the spine, but the things we do know are truly important to those suffering from disruptive pain in the back. Make sure to do the requisite research and find the best solution for your own unique situation.