I am strongly considering back surgery for my spondy L5-S1. I found out about this issue in 2004 and have started having chronic problems since January 2010. I got into a very bad car accident in April this year and chiro treatment hasn't relieved the pain. I've seen a neuro for confirmation and now I just saw an ortho. Even if I was getting some relief from chiro, I just got hit again on Monday and now my back is in excruciating pain.
My ortho said he could do shots to help with pain management but the instability of the spondy is just causing more problem and recovery is harder. I just want to not have back pain anymore. After 2 years, I've had enough.
As dance instructor who hasn't been able to really commit to my trade or has just taken the pain and lots of pain killers, I think I need to do something drastic to make this go away! I don't want to worry about pain patches, pain creams, pain meds, etc when it's only temporary and minor bumps just pop everything out of place again.
Am I making the right decision to do back surgery?