When Is Spine Surgery Necessary?

When Is Spine Surgery Necessary Reno NVAre you living with severe neck or back pain? If so, you’ve probably questioned whether you need spine surgery to relieve your symptoms. Spine surgery can be very effective, but it’s not the right choice for everyone. At Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic — a full-service practice serving Reno, Nevada, and surrounding areas — we generally recommend that patients only undergo spine surgery if their pain is so disabling that it’s affecting their quality of life, or if they’ve attempted conservative treatment for several months but found no relief.

Conservative Treatment

In many cases, people are able to relieve their neck and back pain using one or more of the following conservative treatment methods:

  • Heat/cold therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Periodic rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections

Keep in mind, however, that everyone is different, and the treatment plan that works for one person may not be as effective for someone else. If your doctor believes that conservative treatment might relieve your pain, he or she will recommend certain methods targeted at your specific needs.

For More Information

If you’re concerned that you may need spine surgery, call Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today to make an appointment at our Reno, NV, office or one of our other locations. One of our orthopedic experts will perform an examination, ask you about your symptoms and the history of your condition, and sit down with you to discuss what treatments are best suited to your needs.
If it turns out that you do require spine surgery, you can rest easy knowing that the surgeons on our team have extensive experience performing a wide array of spine procedures, including discectomies, laminectomies, and many others. And, once your surgery is completed, our physical and occupational therapists can guide you through any necessary rehabilitation.

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10539 Professional Circle, Suite 201
Reno, NV 89521

(775) 392-3680

973 Mica Drive, Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89705

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2874 N. Carson Street, Suite 105
Carson City, NV 89703

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1749 North Stewart Street, Suite 50
Carson City, NV 89706


2874 N. Carson St. Suite 210
Carson City, NV 89703

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1520 Virginia Ranch Rd, Suite 101B
Gardnerville, NV 89410

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105 C Street
Hawthorne, NV 89415

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306 Surprise Street
Yerington, NV 89447

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2170 B South Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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At Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, we take the time to get to know each patient so that we can develop a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to his or her specific needs, lifestyle, and goals.

I truly wish I could give them more than just 5 stars!

"I couldn’t have asked for better care for my son than from the staff at Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic. From the receptionist all the way up to the surgeon, we were treated with the utmost respect, kindness, patience, and care. They were not only quick to get him in for an examination, but were amazingly quick to fit him into the schedule to have his injury treated asap!! Thanks to them, my son is now on the road to recovery. I truly wish I could give them more than just five stars!"

Christa D. / Carson City, Nevada
Thanks Doc!

"Dr. Mike Fry is a wonderful doctor and caring person. When I saw him for the first time, he held my hand and said, “I’m going to make you well”, and he did! I had back surgery 2.5 years ago and still doing great. Thanks Doc!"

We were deeply impressed with the entire experience.

"We were deeply impressed with the entire experience. Candace should be commended for her work ethic. Also my experience with the x-ray tech was outstanding. I would not change anything."

Dr. Fry and the entire staff were excellent.

"My entire experience was just as good as I had planned…a great day! Dr. Fry and the entire staff were excellent. Thanks a lot!"

I cannot express how much of a difference this has made in my life.

"Dr. Jones and his staff through the surgical procedures and other methods they have performed over the years have enhanced my daily living experience dramatically. I am leading a more productive life without the daily pain I dealt with in the past. I cannot express how much of a difference this has made in my life."