Orthopedic surgeons help people suffering from severe pain and disability return to activity. The ability to restore a patient’s lifestyle makes me feel my work is valuable. Though I am a surgeon, perhaps 75% -80% of the people I see are not surgical candidates. It’s generally important that people try other solutions before surgery such as physical therapy, chiropractic services, acupuncture, spinal injections, and lifestyle changes. Only in situations with neurologic deficiencies do we rush to surgery.