Still In Pain After Back Surgery? Read on for more!

Can Chiropractic Help the Post-Surgical Patient?
Low back pain, also known as LBP is a condition affecting millions of people from all over the world. In the US alone, more than three million individuals seek chiropractic help with an average of 84% of the general population globally being affected. Going by these facts, most probably everyone might have an LBP that calls for treatment. The evidence that dates back to the eras of the Greeks and the Romans indicates that this condition was very common, and that has not changed at all. Even today, we experience a lot of people complaining about back pains.

The reason why we experience back pains is due to we are bipedal (walking on two legs) instead of quadrupedal (walking on four legs). When you look at these degenerative diseases related to spinal osteoarthritis, you realize that species walking on four legs ignored using two feet decades ago. However, regardless of the reason, Low back pain is a common illness that causes many to visit doctors and chiropractors.

Previously, we had looked at LBP surgical rate where we compared the patients who first went to a surgeon vs. those who first visited a chiropractor. Everyone was surprised at the findings. You need to note that about 43% of the workers who initially visited a surgeon, they were operated on compared to 1 to 5% of those who visited a chiropractor. This month question is;

Can Chiropractic Help the Post-Surgical Patient?

According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ literature, they suggested that the majority of degenerative disk diseases, non-surgical approaches are the best choice. According to them, the success rate of spinal fusions is about 50 to 60%. The arrival of plastic disks has proven not to be an answer to the problem due to their long-term problems that are not very clear. According to the others, surgery should not be the last option even though most people think of surgery to be the only cure and are eager to go for it. According to them, surgeons ought to pay close attention to the contra-indications and recommend it to those who are likely to benefit from the surgery.

According to another study, 40% of those who undergoes surgery, their artificial discs fail and have to go for the second surgery within three years. The same goes for post-surgical spinal stenosis and any other spinal condition.

What is the success rate of chiropractic help?

The success rate for patients with low back pain is quite impressive. According to the 2012 article, patients with prior lumbar spinal fusions received treatment, two years before being treated with spinal manipulation, (three treatments for three consecutive days) and then went for an eight weeks rehabilitation. When they were leaving the rehab, all the three patients had improved 100% clinically and maintained it over one year later. Another study reported over 32 cases that got help from chiropractors after undergoing unsuccessful surgeries. There was pain reduction by 4.1/10 (64%). Preferably, a larger decrease was noted when patients were divided based on those who underwent spinal surgeries. They had a 5.1/10 pain drop.

In conclusion, surgery should be the last option. At least we now know that it does not always work. If someone had more than one surgery and still experience pains, one might be experiencing a condition referred to as a failed back syndrome which carries various symptoms and disabilities. Note: for the best results, utilize chiropractic whether before or after surgery for the best results!