The risks involved in spinal surgery cannot be completely ruled out. The outcome of a lot of surgeries actually results in worsening the pain; that sometimes remains with the individual for the rest of their lives. Chiropractic practice recommends treatments and procedures that are far less intrusive and are becoming popular by each passing day.
Despite advances in the medical field, treatment of spinal issues has remained, at best, a mystery. In the US alone, more than a quarter of a million people have spinal surgeries performed on them each year. While some are successful, statistics show that around 80,000 people end up with what medical practitioners call a failed back surgery syndrome.
This syndrome results as a result of re-current disc herniation, misdiagnosis, incorrectly performed surgery or scar-tissue formation. Increased pain that is difficult sometimes becomes impossible to treat and people have no option but to endure the life-long pain that causes disability for the rest of their lives.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is popularly used to diagnose back-related problems. Diseases such as lumbar disc herniation or evidence of nerve root compression can lead patients to believe surgery is the only option for them, leaving them no choice but to submit to their doctor’s proposal.
A study found that over 57% of MRI findings were abnormal and caused the people to be wrongly diagnosed. These findings have leg chiropractors to believe that the relationship between lumbar disc herniation and back pain is not just a result of a pinched-nerve root. Surprisingly, it is more related to inflammation of the nerve roots around the herniated disc, and sometimes a combined result of inflammation and mechanical compression around this region.
The primary aim of the treatment is to suppress the inflammation that would in turn reduce the pain – rather than just remove the herniated disc.
The first line of action is to offer anti-inflammatory medicines to patients with a mild back pain. Anti-depressants are often also prescribed to patients with a chronic back pain.
Physical therapy, massage and chiropractic care methods are commonly used to treat back problems instead of spinal surgery. Chiropractic therapy greatly reduces the pain.
Change in Lifestyle
A change in lifestyle can have great effects in reducing the pain. Smoking increases the risk of getting a low back pain, whereas obesity gives birth to many problems such as diabetes and heart problems. A chiropractor can best recommend what changes to bring to a lifestyle which will be in the best interest of a patient.