Putting Down the Scalpel: Addressing Back Pain Without Surgery
Surgery — in any scope of the word — is invasive. Even outpatient surgeries that see you entering and leaving the hospital same-day carry some degree of risk and side-effects. And, as we consider more complicated surgeries across different parts of the body, the margin for error or negative side-effects only gets bigger.
Consider back surgery. For sufferers of chronic back pain, this is often a proposed solution by general physicians and even specialists, as a way to fix a spinal problem that’s responsible for ongoing pain.
Unfortunately, when it comes to back surgery, there are few procedures that are more invasive or carry a bigger risk for potential setbacks to develop during the recovery process. Back surgery is very risky, to say the least. And, even after the procedure itself is over, the road to recovery is one that’s paved with extensive physical therapy, painkillers, and the possibility that something won’t heal just right.
With all of the daunting prospects that back surgery can present, there’s one possibility that’s scarier than all of the rest… that you might not even need the surgery you’re about to go under the knife for.
Get the facts
According to a 2013 national study titled, “Are recommended spine operations either unnecessary or too complex? Evidence from second opinions,” 60.7% of people seeking a second opinion regarding back surgery were told that the initial recommendation for surgery was “unnecessary,” while another 33.3% of people were told that their initial consultation called for the “wrong” surgery altogether!
Though this study was only conducted among 183 total patients, it signals at a larger problem and a dangerous trend: Physicians recommending back surgery without truly realizing the cause of chronic back pain. Instead, it may behoove physicians and other medical professionals to explore corrective practices, rather than invasive procedures!
Enter Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP). This comprehensive approach to determining spinal misalignment and developing tailored treatment plans to correct it frequently offers relief to chronic back pain sufferers as a non-invasive alternative to rudimentary back surgeries.
CBP vs. surgery
To understand why more people should be exploring the corrective benefits of CBP over surgery, all you have to do is look at the approach to sustainable wellness:
Back surgery begins by identifying the problem area of the spine, then determining what the surgical approach to resolving it would be. Once a plan is determined—such as fusing the vertebrae—you’re admitted to the hospital and sedated before going under the knife.
When you come out of anesthesia your road to recovery begins—usually with painkillers. You’ll pop pills as the pain persists, attend physical therapy sessions, and start paying back your extensive medical bills—back surgery isn’t cheap!
If all goes according to plan, you’ll be properly healed and pain-free in a few month’s time. You might have some lingering bills to pay, but your pain should be gone… unless of course you fall into the 33.3% of people who are recommended the wrong surgical approach.
With CBP you’ll visit a chiropractor, who will order comprehensive imaging of your spine, including your hips and shoulders. The chiropractor will examine them thoroughly to pinpoint misalignments, then show these to you and explain the significance of the issue. The chiropractor will then utilize data about your spine to formulate a plan to realign it.
With your tailored treatment plan in place you’ll start visiting a chiropractor several times per week over the next few weeks and months. Each visit will cost you a fraction of the cost of a hospital visit and each time your spine will be adjusted closer to its ideal posture. In time these small adjustments will add up to restorative results!
As your spine eventually comes back into position, your chiropractor will work with you to develop good habits that solidify the affects of your adjustments—things like good sitting and standing posture, strengthening exercises, and more. When you’re done, you’ll have a spine that’s healthy once more, a back that’s no longer in pain, and a repertoire of exercises to help you stay in proper form!
The facts are there and for many, the choice is becoming clear: CBP and other chiropractic adjustments are becoming a smart alternative to what could potentially be completely unnecessary back surgery.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference, and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless and non-invasive.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of spinal misalignment as a result of an auto accident, sports injury, poor posture, or just plain gravity — and are sick and tired of masking your symptoms — please contact Stability Health Center at our Seattle office for a complimentary consultation.