How often does your back go out?
How often do you miss important events because your back pain is simply too much?
Are you frustrated because what were once simple tasks have become difficult or impossible?
Chronic back pain is the number one cause of disability for those under 45 years old (and third most common cause for those over 45 years old).
You may feel frustrated by months of treatment which seems to have had little or no effect. You may find that the things you can do are dictated by how your back is feeling.
You want a healthy, active life where you call the shots–not your back pain.
Around half a million people have surgery on the spine to treat back pain each year in the U.S. In some cases, these surgeries are effective in restoring function and reducing back pain. However, any type of invasive surgery is a major step and carries some risk.
It is important to get a second opinion before committing to any surgery. (And if opinion of the second doctor is radically different than that of the first, it can even be a good idea to get a third opinion).
Another consideration with spinal surgery is the success rate. Some types of spinal surgery are have more predictable outcomes than others. It is important to get a realistic picture of the odds of a successful outcome and available options if the surgery is not successful.
Being an informed patient can make a large difference in the quality and outcomes of your medical care. For something as major as spinal surgery, it pays to be informed (both in monetary terms and in quality of life).
Chiropractic offers a safe, non-invasive alternative to try before committing to spinal surgery. There are many advantages to trying a chiropractic approach.
With spinal surgery, it may be difficult to notice any improvement in the short-term, because postoperative pain is a normal byproduct of surgery. With chiropractic treatment, improvements may begin very quickly.
With chiropractic treatment, you won’t have to take time off from work or other commitments.
A study found that only 1.5% of patients that tried chiropractic first ended up requiring surgery.
This is especially important if you have a high-deductible health plan. Chiropractic treatment is only a fraction of the cost of surgery on the spine, potentially saving you tens of thousands of dollars. Many insurance plans cover chiropractic treatment at a reasonable rate, and Apple Health and Wellness offers cash pay options as well.