It probably goes without saying that the best way of treating back pain or indeed neck pain is non operative.
Surgery although useful has to remain the last option due to the collateral damage caused, the recovery time, the potential complications and the changes to the body’s mechanics.
This article is written by Andrew Quaile, Consultant Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hampshire and Surrey.
I tell my patients that surgery is great fun for me as it puts petrol in my car and pays the mortgage, but would I do it to my wife, my mother or my sons. Certainly not unless there was nothing else to do. We are not dealing, in the main, with cancers or infections and therefore surgery for pain control should be the last option. Pain from nerves is a different subject and less controversial from a surgical point of view.