Facing Back Pain Surgery? Read This First

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If you are suffering with debilitating back pain it can be all too tempting to take the ‘easy’ option of surgery. The problem is, that even if it works now, it can leave you facing other complications further down the line.

This is why you may want to try every other avenue, right up to the last minute. Over the past 18 years I have seen people regret having surgery, and people who felt so certain they needed it, only to have the problems resolve before the big day – because they also never stopped trying alternatives.

The first therapy to try is chiropractic – and you may have to try several as there are many chiropractic techniques.

Chiropractors can assess the full function of your back and spine – the muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves. At the Pain Relief Centre we also assess nutritional status as without adequate ‘raw materials’ you will never make healthy muscles and bone.

You will probably need specific exercises, specific spinal adjustments, stretches – in fact a whole plan tailored to you.

Unlike surgery, chiropractic can have other benefits even when it doesn’t ‘work’ for your pain. Patients express a better sense of wellbeing, better breathing, more restful sleep, and other general improvements not found with surgery.

Trying to improve spinal function before surgery will also improve your chances of recovery afterwards as well.

Scientists at the University of Washington discovered an interesting statistic. Following a group of people who had suffered work related injuries, they found 42.7% of patients who first saw a surgeon later had surgery, compared with just 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.

A second study by ASHP Inc. of San Diego examined the two groups of people with virtually identical private health care plans. The only difference was one included chiropractic, and one didn’t. . The research found the plan with chiropractic care had a lower overall cost to the health insurance company than the one without access to chiropractic benefits.

Chiropractic care reduced hospitalisation among back pain patients by 41% and reduced back surgeries by 32%. Very strong evidence was received to support the theory that chiropractic treatment is more cost effective than surgery alone or at all, and 95% of chiropractic patients said they were satisfied with the care they received.

Here at the Pain Relief Centres we offer chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, hypnotherapy and nutrition. Call us today on 01707 662 704 to find out more.

Written by Dr Chris Pickard

Published on 19 Feb 2014


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