Is back surgery my only option? This email question comes from 59 year-old woman from Kentucky. She’s lived with scoliosis her entire life, but after her latest doctor’s visit, she’s been told to prepare for back surgery. Panicked, she’s reaching out to Spiral Spine for advice.
Scoliosis doesn’t go away. In fact, it usually progresses as you get older, so it is important to take a proactive role in managing your scoliosis throughout your entire life.
Surgery at any age can be risky, particularly as you get older. Before making a decision, you must assess your overall quality of life, knowing that surgery may not always produce the desired results. Listen to the full video for an in-depth discussion about what to consider and what my first choice is for LeeAnn.
If you are looking for other posts about spinal fusions, here are several I suggest:
- What are the side effects of a spinal fusion?
- Is there a cure for scoliosis? What your doctor won’t tell you.
- Do back braces help scoliosis?
- Two spinal fusion surgeries approved by the FDA
- How to recover from surgery (of any kind) without harming your scoliosis
If you choose not to have surgery, here are some resources to help keep your spine healthy for the rest of your life. If you have already had spinal fusion surgery or choose to, here are some resources to help you manage your spine long-term.
Finally, if you need help finding a local movement practitioner, check out video 4 in the Starting Point Series.