Weighing Surgery vs. Chiropractic Treatment
I have two relatives who faced back pain as they moved into their late fifties. One had surgery. The other used chiropractic treatment. Both regained most of their activities and moved on with their lives. Which was the better choice?
That’s a key question.
In research reports in a 2012 issue of Spine, the odds of surgery were reviewed in a study that showed from the group of workers with back injuries who first saw a chiropractor for treatment only 1.5 percent had surgery. For the ones who saw a surgeon first, 42.7 percent had surgery.
In both cases involving the relatives that I knew, the process was long, painful and involved. But both men were determined and the pain had made it necessary for both to find immediate solutions. They could barely function. One was not able to sit at all and the other was almost equally uncomfortable.
If you or someone in your family runs into this type of situation, the best advice would be to seriously research the subject, talk to a doctor and a chiropractor, and then make the best possible decision after weighing the situation.
When You See A Chiropractor
If you have never seen a chiropractor before, you will find the initial visit covers a lot of ground with an initial spinal adjustment to evaluate spinal health, a complete review of medical history, and a discussion of daily activities.
The chiropractor’s goal is to seek relief and return to normal activities without medications or surgery. In a society where medications seem to be swirling out of control for many, the chiropractor’s approach has a definite appeal. For many avoiding surgery also has a major appeal.
After the first visit to the chiropractor, a treatment program can be shaped. That program often has many prongs as the chiropractor sometimes has to help solve several problems at once. Along with the immediate back pain, questions of stress and tension, extra weight, and overloaded work schedules may all come up for discussion too.
New healthy lower calorie diets, exercises for strength and relaxation, and revisions of work schedules may all come into play.
Making sense of all of this and providing ongoing dialogue and feedback is a natural for the chiropractor. If that sounds like a very workable plan to you, make an appointment and find out more.