Back Surgery Options; An Alternative to Back Surgery
If you are looking for an alternative to back surgery then consider this back surgery statistic:
In the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in fusion surgery in the U.S.: In 2001 over 122,000 lumbar fusions were performed, a 22% increase from 1990. This increased to an estimate of 250,000 in 2003, and 500,000 in 2006. In 2003, the national bill for the hardware for fusion alone was estimated to have soared to $2.5 billion a year.
Many times going for back surgery is like flipping a coin. There is a reported 40% or better chance that the surgery may not work especially those associated with chronic degenerative spines that involve stenosis. This has prompted an increase interest from patients seeking back surgery options.
I have been practicing as a Chiropractor in Phoenix since 1979 and have provided many patients back surgery options. Having had the opportunity to be a member of a pain group at St. Luke’s Hospital I bring experience that most Phoenix Chiropractor’s do not have. Practicing as a Chiropractor in Phoenix, I have searched for excellence in my practice and have attained multiple post doctoral certifications including becoming a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and receiving my Certification in Level One Chiropractic Rehabilitation. I am Certified in Acupuncture and completed a three year course in Chiropractic Orthopedics. See “Meet the Doctor”
Back Surgery Options as a Chiropractor in Phoenix
The July, 2004 of “The BackLetter” published by Lippincott contained the following inditement:
“The world of spinal medicine, unfortunately, is producing patients with failed back surgery syndrome at an alarming rate.” All spine surgery carries with it a significant degree of patient risk but when the resulting surgery does not alleviate the problem, or creates even greater problems for the patient, the situation is referred to as a “failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).”
This September 2006 article from the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says it all:
“Failed back surgery syndrome is a common problem with enormous costs to patients, insurers, and society. The etiology of failed back surgery can be poor patient selection, incorrect diagnosis, suboptimal selection of surgery, poor technique, failure to achieve surgical goals, and/or recurrent pathology.”
As a Phoenix Chiropractor I have found that patients seeking back surgery options using a combination of acupuncture and flexion distraction to decompress the disc and open the spaces, in concert with a device called the vertebral distraction pump, has yielded excellent success. The results in a study reported on in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shown that 80% of the Chiropracitic patients with a herniated disc had a good clinical outcome with postcare scores. After repeat MRI scans, 63% of the patients studied revealed a reduced size or completely resorbed disc herniation. Before going through surgery consider your back surgery options by using a conservative approach first. This may prevent the need for surgery or even failed back surgical syndrome!
this article on back surgery options is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition