Millions of Americans suffer from neck and back pain, and while some choose to live with pain by taking over-the-counter or prescription painkillers, others feel debilitated to a point that the only seemingly viable option is back surgery.
Having back surgery can be a very difficult choice since success can’t always be guaranteed. As a matter of fact, most doctors put the success rate at 50%, meaning you will either get worse or stay the same despite their best efforts. Of course cost is another noteworthy factor, with most routine back surgeries costing anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 depending on the exact nature of the operation.
Choosing surgery is often the result of frustration with failed treatments such as medication, rest and physical therapy that can lead to little or no change in the patient’s condition.
When all else fails, conventional medicine relies on back surgery to provide a temporary and sometimes ineffective fix. But with surgery comes great risk, so knowing all the facts before you go under the knife may help you make the right decision.
For the most part, statistics show that the majority of patients demonstrate some degree of improvement after undergoing surgery, including less pain, greater range of motion, increased level of physical activity, improved mood and less dependency on pain medications.
Conversely though, these very statistics also indicate that there are considerable risks to patients. These risks include:
- Reaction to anesthesia or other drugs
- Bleeding and/or blood clots
- Heart attack
- Disc herniation
- Nerve damage
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
The risks vary based on the specific type of operation you are having done, so consulting with your physician in order to understand the exact risks of your surgery is highly recommended.
So if you feel like you’re stuck between having to take a slew of damaging medications and undergoing a risky surgery without any real guarantees, know that there is a very promising option available to you – chiropractic corrective care.
The Chiropractic BioPhysics technique is by far the most advanced chiropractic care out there, resulting in exceptional outcomes for patients suffering from mild to severe back pain. Furthermore, unlike conventional methods, this technique does not include drugs or surgery – only corrective care over the course of several weeks or months to correct the root cause of your discomfort for good.
So if you or someone you know is suffering from debilitating back pain and is considering surgery, please contact Dr. Justin Favreau at Stability Spine and Wellness immediately for a free, no-obligation consultation. As one of Seattle’s most trusted chiropractors, Dr. Favreau has been able to successfully treat hundreds of back-pain sufferers through Chiropractic BioPhysics and is very optimistic in being able to help you and your loved ones live a healthy, pain-free life.