Back Surgery Has Poor Outcomes

Back Surgery Has Poor Outcomes

A news article titled “Back Surgery May Backfire on Pain Patients” by Linda Carroll was published on www.nbcnews.com last week. The article reviews a study in the journal Spine on outcomes for spinal fusion to treat disc pathology and/or radiculopathy. The study concludes that back surgery has poor outcomes and is really not a good option for those suffering from back pain due to these diagnoses. The study looked at over 1500 patients and found that the half that received surgery only 26 percent returned to work after two years compared to 67 percent who did not receive surgery. The article goes on to say that there are not any very good treatment options to help relieve these problems besides pain killers! This part of the article I obviously disagree with as most Chiropractors would. I have worked with many patients who have experienced great relief from a combination of nutritional changes to curb inflammation (which causes pain) and Chiropractic treatments to help normalize function in the spinal joints and muscles. Although this article provides very important information about back surgery having poor outcomes, I believe it lacks in the area of suggesting alternative treatments such as Chiropractic which have helped millions resolve their back problems.

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