Back Surgery Shouldn't be the First Option
People all over America are suffering from back pain. Whether it is from a bad work desk chair, or a long time injury that was never correctly addressed, people are looking for help to alleviate their pain. And as if the actual back pain wasn't unfortunate enough, this story takes on an additional negative twist: people are getting back surgery when it isn't necessary. We live in a society where health issues are addressed from the medical standpoint of relieving the symptoms of whatever ails us, and this leads to invasive and unnecessary procedures that only look to preventing symptoms not solving the problem as a whole. Patients suffering from back pain are undergoing surgeries that have been shown in many new studies to be surprisingly ineffective.
This is where the local chiropractor steps in and offers some sage advice. If your TV was getting terrible reception you wouldn't pop off the back and start removing hardwiring, you would address the problem of the service. Maybe you look at your cable box, or if you have satellite go up to the roof to make sure nothing is preventing a clear picture. Think about that clear picture, because that is what the chiropractic community is trying to give patients. If you are suffering from back and/or neck pain, the clear picture is to find the source of the problem, address it, and remove the cause from your body. Surgery can't always offer this, and more and more people are discovering this the hard way. A recent study was conducted to see surgery's affect on back pain, and this is a direct quote from the findings, "There is little evidence spine surgery is associated with improved population outcomes, yet surgery rates have increased dramatically since the 1990s." Surgery is being touted as the solution, but studies are constantly finding that this isn't necessarily so.
The big picture that chiropractors are trying to paint for patients is that if you are suffering from back and/or neck pain choose carefully what your plan of action will be to alleviate the pain. If you turn immediately to a surgeon, the odds are that you will end up in surgery. However, if you look at a holistic approach to your pain, and try to solve the problem at its source by consulting a chiropractor you are most likely going to avoid surgery. In the end it is your body, and therefore your choice of how you address the issue of back pain. All that the chiropractic community is asking is that instead of jumping straight into a surgery that will take painful recovery time and leave you with a depleted bank account, learn about all the options available. A professional spinal adjustment and holistic care plan can save you from surgery, and address your problem at the source!