You are disappointed because you’ve been reading online and you were pretty sure you need surgery. All you want to do is get rid of the pain once and for all. Your doctor explains how surgery is great for some patients with fractures or with leg pain or weakness, but for patients like you, surgery is not likely to cure your back pain. After comparing the risks and outcomes for other patients like you, you see that physical therapy is proven to be more effective.
You’ll have an in-depth conversation with your doctor about your treatment options and the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes associated with each option. You may review how your treatment options compare for patients like you, and together you’ll make an informed decision about what course of treatment is right for you.