In our Charlotte, NC practice, we see a large number of patients who are struggling with back pain, and some of these people have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, ChiroWerx has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgery. The science agrees with the results we see in our practice. One research study published in the journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back pain may actually keep you out of the operating room.
In this scientific study, medical professionals from Dartmouth reviewed data from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back-related issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical data to ascertain whether the subjects ended up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the issue.
What the researchers discovered was that about 43% of the individuals who first consulted with a surgeon for their back problems ended up in surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are remarkable results. Visiting a chiropractor dramatically decreases your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also take into account this important detail: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most distinguished medical journal on spinal injuries.
Why You Should Avoid Surgery
Any surgery has risks, but a major downside linked to spinal surgery is that there is a very high rate of failure. In an important review in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The authors of this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, ChiroWerx is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many research studies have demonstrated the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Charlotte, NC and you need care for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (980) 201-9484 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!