Failed Back Surgery and Chiropractic
Many patients have experienced failed back surgery. Having surgery for back pain is not a magic bullet cure. It has been shown that up to 40% of people who have had surgery, continue to suffer with some type of pain afterwards. Many times, the only option these patients are given is another surgery: yet the success rate for a second surgery is much lower.
A recent case study demonstrated this with the case of a construction worker who suffered from a herniated disc in his low back after failed back surgery. As the the provider for his family and a business manager, taking time off to recover from another surgery was not an option. So he decided to try chiropractic care.
When he initially started chiropractic care, his pain ratings were a 10 out of ten. After 12 weeks of care, his pain ratings were reduced to a 3 out of 10. His disability rating also dropped by 32%! He also noted that 9 visits later, he had not experienced a flare up of his pain.
This example, added to prior research shows that patients do not have to succumb to another surgery for failed back surgery. Chiropractic care can be a conservative alternative. There are many methods available to chiropractors to adjust the spine, including those that are safe for people who have had surgery.
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