Debating whether to undergo back surgery for your Chicago chronic low back pain? That's a good thing. You want to go over all your options. Chiropractic Care sees lower back pain patients all the time who are doing the same thing.
Many Chicago lower back pain patients hear from well-meaning folks that they should have back surgery if they have back pain. Some act on that advice and go to the spine surgeon. Then they hear from one surgeon that they should have back surgery that involves fusion. Then another recommends surgery without fusion. Then that same back pain patient comes to our Chicago chiropractic office and hears about our conservative, non-surgical approach for relief. What is a chronic low back pain patient to do?
We understand the confusion over back surgery and fusion and non-fusion, but we also know that trying our non-surgical approach to pain relief before surgery is a good idea. Give us just 30 days. We'll all know if it's a good idea for you. Besides, once you undergo back surgery, your spine is never quite the same. If you can get relief or even get rid of the pain in a 30 days' trial of non-surgical chiropractic Cox Technic treatment at Chiropractic Care without surgery, isn't that worth a try? Consider these recent articles in making your ultimate decision...
In a study comparing chronic low back pain patients who were randomized either to undergo back surgery with spinal fusion or to exercise and cognitive intervention strategies, there was no difference at 9 years post care. As a matter of fact, 33% of the fusion surgery patients had to undergo another surgery. Even though 33% of the cognitive/exercise patients did eventually undergo surgery, 66% of them did not. More of the chronic low back pain patients who underwent fusion surgery used pain medications and were out of work at 9 years. (1) Do you want back surgery or would you like a second opinion?
Well, a neurosurgeon who kept track of his surgical referrals and second opinions for 145 consecutive patients found that on second opinion, he recommended to nearly half of the patients that they NOT have the recommended surgery. (2) So are half of the spine surgeries performed done without necessity? Get your second or even third opinion before undergoing back surgery. Only 2%-5% of low back pain patients require surgery. Ask if you are one of them. If you are not, there may be a better, non-surgical way to help.
So what should you, the chronic low back pain patient, do? Talk with Chiropractic Care. We're here to help you sort through your options and get you set with our Chicago non-surgical approach to relieving your back pain. Contact us now!