Medication Isn’t the Answer to Every Back Problem
For example, we recently consulted with a patient with a compression fracture, among a variety of other issues, including degenerative disc disease. His previous doctor prescribed opioids to manage the pain, which provided relief for a few years.
While medication can mask the problem, it won’t do anything to cure it. Fortunately, once visiting our office, we were able to implement a treatment strategy to help him receive permanent relief.
Here’s what our patient had to say about his experience:
“Previous conventional wisdom was that the probability of reducing pain decreased with additional surgeries, consequently I was extremely skeptical about having yet another surgery. Dr. Sharma proposed a new (to me) minimally invasive procedure with the potential to reduce my pain in short order and thus defer any requirement to increase opioid dosages. I am now about four months post op. My outcome has GREATLY exceeded my expectations.”
If you’re struggling to find a doctor who takes you seriously, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion. While there are definitely times when medication helps, you shouldn’t rely on this as your sole method of treatment.
Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.