Have you found yourself wondering how you are going to live through the day or sleep through the night because of the extreme pain in your back? Your medical physician may have recommended spinal surgery but you want to find back surgery alternatives to consider. While surgery is sometimes necessary, especially in cases of trauma or severe bone, disc, and nerve destruction, there are many times when surgery is not really beneficial. Before deciding to have surgery, consult with a doctor of chiropractic and ask for their opinion about why back surgery should be avoided.
Thousands of surgical procedures are performed each year for disc problems. Many of those who have surgery find themselves in the same or worse pain after the operation. Unfortunately, if a surgery does not resolve your back pain, it has been found that a second or third surgery will not help. Even if the surgery is considered successful, other complications such as scar tissue, permanent spinal weakness, distortion, and instability can cause problems for the rest of your life..
Chiropractic treatment can correct the underlying cause of nerve irritation and back pain, often preventing the need for potentially dangerous and costly options like drugs and surgery. One study conducted by the Department of Neurosurgery, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that back surgeries failed 66% of the time. The loss of neurological function (strength, sensation, bowel, and bladder control) was reported by patients more often than improvement.
Another study of 18,000 patients showed that the 3,632 who had back surgery also suffered from worsening of physical functioning, general health, and mental health compared to those without surgery. Resorting to painkillers and anti-inflammatories can lead to kidney or liver problems, intestinal bleeding, drowsiness, and drug dependency.
Chiropractic care offers back surgery alternatives. Anyone facing the prospect of spinal surgery should, if possible, obtain the opinion of a doctor of chiropractic and gather information about back surgery alternatives before making a decision.
If you’re wondering why back surgery should be avoided, contact our doctors at McKim Chiropractic. They offer the DRS Protocol™, a non-surgical low back pain treatment to relieve pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Before prescribing a course of treatment, you will be given a thorough examination to determine whether you are a candidate for the DRS Protocol™. Call McKim Chiropractic in Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, or Caldwell, ID, for more information about back surgery alternatives. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise and Nampa, ID live pain-free.