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Is Surgery Necessary To Treat Back Pain? - Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh (VIDEO)

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Dr. Raiszadeh describes if it is necessary to treat back pain with surgery.

Dr. Raiszadeh:
Surgery is not right for all back pain patients. Surgery clearly is probably the last resort for back pain patients. The first issue, again, to reiterate what I initially said is 90% of the patients get better with time and rest. So if you give it, if you have back pain at sometime during your life and if you rest it, and rest I mean one to two days where you are not doing anything, not five days where you are laying in bed, but one to two days where you are just relaxing and taking anti-inflammatory medicines and taking a break from all the hustle and bustle of life, whatever it may be, if you are relaxing for a little bit in one or two days that should get better.

Now surgery clearly is not amenable to those patients with short-term problems. Now on the flip side, surgery can be indicated for those patients who have serious conditions in their back where they have back pain that does not allow them to walk. They have back pain that’s associated with leg pain that does not allow them to walk. So it really depends on the diagnosis on when an operation is indicated for that problem.

About Dr. Raiszadeh, M.D.:
Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the complex field of adult spinal surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received the Paul Harrington Award for Research. He also completed a specialized internship and residency program at Baylor before achieving the highest level of medical education and fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical School. During this fellowship, under the directorship of multiple neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons, he became skilled in treating all forms of pediatric and adult spinal conditions.

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