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The Surprising Science About Surgery for Low Back Pain

People in the Southeast Houston, Friendswood, Clear Lake, League City, and Pearland areas keep asking me about: The Surprising Science About Surgery for Low Back Pain

Bottom Line:

Many people think that surgery can "fix" an area of their spine that is injured. While in rare cases that's true, the permanent changes that surgery makes to your anatomy can cause a host of new problems in addition to the trauma and risks that inherently go along with surgery. Who likes to go under the knife unless they have to???

The changes are referred to as "adjacent segment disease," and they are the number one reason why people who have one surgery on their low back often have to repeat the process.

I worked for 5 years in a multi discipline clinic and we ran an integrated chronic pain management program. I've seen the worst and I've also seen how introducing conservative measures can mitigate the intensity of pain, the necessity for pain medications, and improve a person's quality of life with their loved ones.

Why it Matters:

A recent study found that chiropractic care can provide the same relief as surgery for disc issues in the low back, and that’s without any of the surgical risks. The kicker is those individuals who didn't get great results with chiropractic care were found to be great surgical candidates. So, in most cases, it's clear that anyone entertaining the idea of surgery should go to the chiropractor before going under the knife!

  • An estimated 60% of patients with sciatica benefited from spinal adjustments to the same degree as if they had received surgery.

  • Over 25% of patients undergoing spine surgery may have complications.

  • Patients with disc herniations should consider chiropractic care before surgical intervention.

Next Steps:

Having surgery is a big, irreversible decision. The time away from work, risks associated with anesthesia, the direct trauma to your spine, and results that aren't exactly fantastic have all led many doctors to question whether surgery is a good option (outside of emergency cases). In our practice, our goal is to help you avoid unnecessary addictive drugs and risky medical procedures

so that you can find health and healing naturally. And if you are one of the rare people who may benefit from surgery, we guarantee we will let you know. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best care recommendations based on your goals and our findings. It's how we believe healthcare should be delivered.

If you have questions about how you can implement these proactive steps in your daily routine to help reduce your chance of experiencing low back pain, reach out and speak to us today!

Stay Strong, Inspire Others!

Frank Kamasz, DC, CSCS

Rebel Mobility and Fitness


Science Source(s):

Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study. JMPT. 2010.

Risk of Complications in Spine Surgery. Open Orthopaedics Journal. 2015.

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