Back pain is one of the most common problems for adults in America today. All of us at some point will experience some back pain, but for many of us, that back pain is fleeting and temporary. Rest and over the counter pain medications offer sufficient relief, in these cases. There may come a time, however, when back pain becomes permanent and debilitating; in that case, spine surgery NYC may be necessary. Today, laser techniques have made back surgery much less invasive and painful than so-called “open back surgery”, with shorter recovery times and no hospital stays. Therefore, considering surgery is much less daunting than it used to be. What should you and your doctor be looking for to determine whether or not you need spine surgery?