Spinal Surgery – Know the Risks
A chiropractor would advise against invasive treatments such as spinal surgery for minor misalignments of the vertebrae. Spinal surgery comes with its fair share of risks. In other words, complications in the spine can be very serious when they occur. Most patients opt for spinal surgery if they feel that the drugs that they take don’t provide them any relief. Modern medicine has shown a shocking ineptitude for treating back problems so the fact isn’t surprising. Some of the most common complications from spinal surgery include –
A lot of spinal operative procedures employ the use of hardware such as metal plates, screws and rods. Their function is to hold vertebrae in place while a surgeon performs the procedure. The hardware is still in place once the bone heals. However, it does have the potential to move from its position before the procedure is completed. Once a hardware fracture like this happens the surgeon may be required to perform an additional not to mention painful, surgery to replace or remove the hardware completely.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spine runs the risk of being fractured during any type of spinal surgery. The injury can have some serious repercussions if it happens near dura or the nerves that cover the spinal cord which is responsible for connecting the body with the brain. The nerve fibers that branch off from the spinal cord connect to specific parts of the human body and travel through the small opening of the vertebrae. Each of them connects to and is responsible for facilitating the movement of specific parts of the human body. Any damage to the spinal cord during surgery may cause paralysis in certain areas depending on the type of nerves that sustained damages during the procedure.
This goes without saying. Any type of invasive procedure comes with its fair share of pain. Spinal surgery is no exception. In fact, persistent pain is one of the most common things patients who undergo the procedure complain about. Patients who end up with chronic persistent pain are the worst off.
While complications like infection are not much of a threat they can have some serious consequences if they occur during complicated procedures like spinal surgery. This is why chiropractors will always advise against it for minor defects of the back and recommend rehabilitative processes to help patients take advantage of their body’s own abilities to heal itself.
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