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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you suggest any alternative to spinal surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Depends.: It would depend on what you need spinal surgery for. Sometimes, physical therapy, yoga, and massage can help symptoms associated with spinal problems. Other times, steroid injections can reduce symptoms. Lastly, there are certain conditions that can only be repaired surgically.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Multiple: Activity modification/rest, medications, non invasive alternatives such as: physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, tens unit, etc; interventional pain management are just some examples of non operative care that potentially can be helpful. Don't hesitate to see a specialist to discuss the specifics of your case and which options might be best for you.
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