Originally Posted by rayefaye
You're welcome. Sometimes specialist are able to due more than regular doctors but remember just because they are a surgeon doesn't necessarily mean surgey. They will always tried to figure out ways to help you and surgey is usually their last option. Good luck and I hope they find out what the problem is and can help you.
That's true, to a degree. In my experience, and only my experience, I have never been referred to an ortho surgeon who did not want to do surgery, except once, when I had waited too long after tearing my rotator cuff and I saw a surgeon who after reviewing the MRI said that the cuff tear was inoperable. But then he did go on to suggest an arthroscopic procedure (surgical- but much less invasive) called debridement, to clean up the site of the rotator cuff tear. I'm not trying to bum anyone out, but surgeons do surgery, that's their bread and butter, and quite often they lean towards a surgical option if they know it will pass the insurance screen and also if they truly think it will make you better. I have had 3 surgical consultations for my low back over the past 20 years, and all three wanted to remove a disc or two and then fuse the bones of my spine. I went swimming instead, 3 or 4 times a week for years, and even though my back hurts I have avoided surgery. I hope that your experience will be a positive one and your doctor will be more interested in your welfare than in making a paycheck.