MYTH: Spine surgeons only prescribe surgery.
FACT: At The Spine Center of Hampton Roads, our director Dr. Mark Kerner places more emphasis on non-operative treatments for back pain. While many people think that surgery is the “solution” for chronic pain relief, the vast majority of our patients have back problems that can be – and are – resolved without surgery. We only recommend surgery as a last resort for certain individuals.
MYTH: Herniated discs need to be surgically repaired.
FACT: If you have a herniated disc, it’s important that you visit a back specialist, but keep in mind that over 75% of herniated discs heal on their own – regardless of intervention. A spine specialist can tell you how to accelerate your recovery while “waiting it out.”
MYTH: Spinal fusions always lead to more surgery.
FACT: We know that horror stories exist about failed back surgery. But, the reality is that skilled spine surgeons very rarely perform fusions that require additional, follow-up surgery.
To make an appointment with Dr. Kerner or one of our spine specialists, please call 757.397.6930.