Treatment for back pain generally depends on what kind of pain you experience: acute or chronic. 1
1 Handout on Health: Back Pain. National Institute of
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
If your doctor recommends back surgery, it is normal to have many questions about the procedure. Below are some of the questions you may want to discuss with your doctor.
Follow your doctor’s directions when getting ready for your surgery. Here is a list with examples of things to-do before surgery. Your doctor’s directions may be different:
You will need to keep your incision dry immediately after surgery. Some doctors allow early showering. Patients normally take baths for 1-2 weeks after surgery. Get direction from your doctor on when it is OK to start showering.
Ask your doctor to describe how you will feel after surgery. Some pain and discomfort is normal. The problems you had before surgery may not lessen right away. Talk to your doctor about when to call with problems after surgery. If you have any of these problems at any point after surgery, call your doctor.
Ask your doctor to describe how you will feel and what you will need to do to recover from back surgery. Back surgery is a major surgery and getting better will take time. How fast you get better depends on your age, your general health, and the reason for the surgery. Your doctor may recommend exercise with the help of a physical therapist. As with any surgery, it is extremely important to follow your doctor’s direction after surgery.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that you inform the TSA officer that you have a metal implant in your back. “If you choose to not be screened through the advanced imaging technology or you alarm the walk-through metal detector, you will undergo a pat-down screening instead.”
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