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Patients with long-term back and spine pain often feel like they run out of options.  When medication and physical therapy do not successfully reduce discomfort, surgery is presented as the final solution. Unfortunately, most long-term studies indicate that the surgical approach offers no guarantees either.

According to Mulholland (2008), “Spinal fusion [surgery] became what has been termed the ‘gold standard’ for the treatment of mechanical low back pain, yet there was no scientific basis for this.” When referring to the long-term outcomes, surgeries for mechanical low back pain can even be described as “unpredictable.”

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Surgery is always risky to the patient, and can never guarantee resolution of symptoms. In fact, failed spine surgery is so common there is an official medical diagnosis code. When spine surgery fails to alleviate symptoms, back pain patients find themselves facing even fewer options than before. Most will leave their provider’s office with prescriptions for opioids and narcotics, but little else. This pattern contributes not only to the growing rates of repeated spine surgery, but also to the skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse.

Deyo and Mirza (2009) suggest back surgery may be performed excessively due to both the lack of alternatives or standardized care. They emphasize the need for non-surgical care, which is often more cost effective and lower risk to the patient.

 

Burkhart and Chapp Chiropractic offers a unique, non-surgical approach for patients that are in desperate need of an alternative. Our care gives relief to those suffering from back and spine pain, and offers an alternative for back surgery and daily drug use. Burkhart and Chapp also gives a second chance to those suffering from failed back surgery syndrome. We have already helped many patients avoid additional surgeries and escape the cycle of daily pain. What can we do for you?

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Sources:

Deyo, R. A., Mirza, S. K. (2009). The case for restraint in spinal surgery: does quality management have a role to play? European Spine Journal, 18(3): 331-337.

Mulholland, R. C. (2008). The myth of lumbar instability: The importance of abnormal loading as a cause of low back pain. European Spine Journal, 17(5), 619-625.

Studin, M., Owens, J. (2017). Chiropractic as the solution for mechanical spine failure and failed back surgery. The American Chiropractor, 39(1): 22-26.