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    Are there any conditions that require immediate surgery?

    Definitely. Sudden weakness in the extremities, sway disturbance or other neurological symptoms are reasons to immediately seek a back pain expert. When it comes to choosing a surgeon make sure you choose a surgeon who has additional fellowship training in spine surgery.
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    When should I consider surgery?

    Surgery should always be the last resort when it comes to treating spinal conditions in the neck and back. However, if various non-operative treatments have been attempted without improvement or worsening over a 6-12 month period, then surgical treatment seems reasonable for certain specific conditions such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis or degenerative scoliosis. The
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