Lower back pain can be treated with many different methods. Because of the variety of causes of lower back pain and their severity, each case requires a unique treatment. It is difficult to determine if medication, rest or surgery are the best treatment options for lower back pain in every case.
Of course, from the perspective of preference and convenience, doctors hope that rest, therapy and other non-invasive treatments will be sufficient for treating most lower back problems.
This is because prescribing rest, therapy and pain medication implies that the condition has not progressed beyond the point where it already requires surgery. This is good news for both doctors and patients. Given the possible complications, it is not a good idea to put your life at risk for surgery.
There are times when surgery is the only option for lower back pain. A herniated disk is a condition in which the disc has become so damaged that it is pressing on the nerve roots around its location, causing severe and constant pain.
This is when medication and rest may not be enough to address the problem. If the herniated disc is in a more advanced stage, epidural injections may not provide sufficient relief. In these cases, surgery may be the only solution.