Do You Really Need Back Surgery?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Is your back pain becoming unbearable? Surgery may or may not be the answer for you. Learn when it might be necessary.
Air Date: 5/28/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hanscom, MD
David HanscomDr. David Hanscom, MD, is Seattle's leading orthopedic spine surgeon at Seattle Neuroscience Specialists with Swedish Medical Center. He is a salvage surgeon and operates only as a last resort. He specializes in complex spine problems in all areas of the spine, and has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities, such as scoliosis and kyphosis. Many of his patients have had multiple prior spine surgeries. He has successfully treated hundreds of patients, non-surgically, for chronic pain.
Do You Really Need Back Surgery?
Is your back pain becoming unbearable? Is your pain keeping you from activities you enjoy? Is it even keeping you from work?

In fact, back pain is the number one cause of absenteeism from work.

You may not want to even think about it, but surgery may be the answer to a better quality of life.

Expert and special guest, Dr. David Hanscom, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share the main reasons you might have to think about surgery. Don't worry, though; it may not be as bad as you think.