A comprehensive and accurate diagnosis is essential when obtaining proper treatment for a spine injury. While occasional back pain is not necessarily indicative of a spine injury, chronic back pain and persistent symptoms can be a sign of a serious spinal condition. Because every patient is different and no two injuries are alike, Dr. Sanjay Khurana at the Los Angeles Spine Group evaluates each patient and symptoms on an individual, case by case basis. Whether suffering from sciatica, scoliosis, or a spine tumor diagnosis, obtaining a second opinion can help each patient find the best treatment option available for his or her condition.
When to Seek a Second Opinion
A second opinion can be useful after an initial diagnosis for any health condition or injury, but can be especially important when considering treatment options like medication or surgery. Asking questions and obtaining as much information as possible about a diagnosis and potential treatment options should be a priority for every patient. Dr. Khurana and the surgical team at Marina del Rey Hospital are among the most respected in the field of spine surgery, so you can rest assured that your second opinions will be the result of years of in-depth experience and success.
Some questions to consider before undergoing treatment for a spine condition or injury:
Is the diagnosis accurate?
Many spine and back injuries have similar and overlapping symptoms, while other conditions may not necessarily present obvious symptoms until the condition has progressed. A thorough evaluation and second opinion can help to ensure appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
What are the treatment options?
Many conditions respond to conservative treatment options like physical therapy and may not require surgery. The success or failure of a particular treatment option can also vary from patient to patient.
What are the risks and potential side effects?
Every medical procedure, whether surgery, medication, or physical therapy, can carry inherent risks and side effects. Understanding what the potential risks and complications are for each treatment modality is an important factor in deciding how to proceed.
How long/difficult is the recovery process?
Many spine conditions that once required open surgery can now be performed with minimally invasive procedures to allow for shorter recovery periods, less risk of complications, and faster healing time. However, the duration and specifics of the recovery process for each procedure will vary from patient to patient. From taking time off work to arranging for childcare while in recovery, knowing what to expect will help with the decision-making process.
Contact an Orthopedic Spine Expert
At the Los Angeles Spine Group, Dr. Khurana specializes in evaluating and treating patients who have undergone unsuccessful treatment and surgery for spine conditions in the past. If you are suffering from chronic back pain or have received a diagnosis and would like an expert second opinion, please call 310.574.0400 to make an appointment today with a spinal specialist.
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