If non-surgical methods do not help reduce or relieve pain or numbness associated with your condition, surgery may be a good option.
Medical imaging tests, such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), will accurately diagnose the specific condition. These tests, combined with your symptoms, will help your doctor focus on the best treatment. Generally, people with chronic or recurring back problems who have not responded well to therapy are candidates for surgery, but every patient and situation is unique. It is up to you and your doctor to decide if spine surgery is the right option.