The Pros and Cons of Back Pain Surgery

Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine AssociatesAre you wondering if back pain surgery is right for you? Many people ponder this question. Some decide to have surgery and others don’t. There are good things about having surgery and difficult ones, and only you can decide which option will be best, given the particulars of your circumstances. It can be a hard decision to make, but putting time and effort into it will help ensure that you are happy with your decision for years to come.

There are many great things about back pain surgery. If you have been struggling with your pain for a long time or you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still hurt, back pain surgery can be a great option. If you have taken medication, gone through physical therapy, worked with a chiropractor, and more, and you still hurt, then you should definitely consider back pain surgery next.

Most back pain surgery is covered by your health insurance, so it shouldn’t cost you very much to have the procedure done. Of course, this can be relative, but the truth is that you should be able to put the cost of your surgery against your deductible, even if you do have to pay.

Back pain surgery is also effective for treating many conditions. Sure, there are always cases where a procedure doesn’t work right, but the truth is that many of these surgeries reduce pain in over 90% of cases. You may not end up pain-free, but if you can get back to your normal life then the hassle of surgery will be worth it.

Of course, there are downsides to back pain surgery, too. You always run risks when you have a surgical procedure. You might get an infection that will be difficult to get rid of. You may have to spend a lot more time on medical procedures and appointments than you really want to. You may also end up in worse shape than you were in before your surgery, at least until the infection runs its course.

Because back pain surgery often involves your nerves, you risk nerve damage or pain after your surgery. This can be very minor – so minor that you barely notice it. It can also majorly disrupt your life.

Back pain surgery may also not work for you. Even though it tends to be successful, you may be one of the people who find that it doesn’t work for them. If this happens, then you’ve gone through the whole process for nothing.

Fortunately, side effects like these are very rare. You do need to know that they exist and that they are serious when they come up, but you should also know that most people don’t deal with them at all.
You are the only person who can decide if back pain surgery is right for you. Be sure you weigh the pros and cons so you can make a good decision. No matter what you decide, we hope that you are on the road to complete wellness as soon as possible.

Tooth Fairy, the Family Dentist – How Can a Childhood Figure Actually Help Your Children

Getting your children to take care of their dental health is not easy. No matter how many colorful toothbrushes you buy them or how delicious the flavor of their toothpaste is, they would still deem it easier to just give up on the additional task of brushing their teeth than to floss or brush.

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While that approach could deflate your spirits to maintaining a healthy family dental regime, you really can’t blame your little tykes for feeling a little rebellious. After all, to their innocent minds, they are getting nothing out of the extra work than a few minutes in front of the sink.

That makes you think about how you can get them to do all sorts of chores, tasks and even their own grueling homework around Christmas by dangling Santa’s judgement over their heads. By throwing in the association of a popular childhood figure, you not only get them to behave in a “good” manner, but that behavior, through positive enforcement, continues well after the holidays.

Now, if only there was a figure such as Santa Claus who could serve as your family dentist

Except, there is, and her name is the Tooth Fairy!

By enforcing positive lessons right from the Tooth Fairy, parents have effectively demonstrated the effects that the Tooth Fairy can have on their kids and their family dental regime.

Here’s how you can emulate the same through your parenting techniques.

Tell Your Kids How the Tooth Fairy Checks on Them As a Family Dentist

While it can be difficult to have your kids listen to you when you ask them to go brush their teeth before bedtime, your orders could have altogether different effects when they come with a stamp of approval from the Tooth Fairy.

Tell your kids that their childhood hero does not only exist to exchange their fallen teeth for money, but that it actually cares greatly about the state of the teeth that are collected from under their pillows.

Informing them how brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing them regularly could keep them in top shape, so that when the Tooth Fairy comes to get one of their fallen teeth, she leaves with a smile on her own face and leaving them with a star or two of appreciation in return, and maybe even a couple of extra dollars.

Integrating the concept of healthy eating habits and limiting the intake of soda and other sugary drinks could also be a good idea – which directly comes from the Tooth Fairy’s office.

This would also be a great time to introduce your children to the concept of a pediatric dentist. By telling them how a family dentist could help them achieve great dental health, you can slowly reveal the long-term concept of visiting a dentist throughout their lifetime as their own family dental practice to follow in the future.

By introducing this concept of giving “good” teeth to the Tooth Fairy and ensure her approval along with some great earnings (at least to your child), you can incentivize the action of maintaining great dental health for your kids. Within a few years, it would gradually dawn on your kids that keeping their teeth healthy is not only good for earning brownie points with the Tooth Fairy but for their own self, at which point your personal investment of these stories and the few bucks you kept under their pillow would pay off quite well.