Avoiding the Surgeon's Knife with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic vs Back Surgery in Henderson

In our Henderson practice, we see a lot of patients who are troubled with back pain, and a few of these people have been informed they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Russell has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of surgical treatment. The scientific literature agrees with the results we see in our practice. One study published in the medical journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first step in overcoming with your back problems may actually keep you off of the operating table.

In this research study, medical researchers from Dartmouth reviewed data from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their back pain issues. They then looked at three years' worth of follow-up medical data to ascertain whether the patients wound up having back surgery in an attempt to treat the issue.

What the researchers found was that about 43% of the individuals who first consulted with a surgeon for their back pain ended up with surgery in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:

"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."

These are impressive outcomes. Seeing a chiropractor drastically reduces your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this report "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take note this important point: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most influential medical journal on spinal injuries.

Surgery: The Last Resort

Any surgery has risks, but a serious downside linked to spine surgery is that there is a very high rate of failure. In an important review in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:

"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."

The authors of this same study concluded:

"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."

As a chiropractor, Dr. Russell is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without high-risk surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Henderson and you need relief for your back pain, give our office a call today at (702) 990-2225 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
December 19, 2022
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At Advanced Spine & Rehabilitation, based in Henderson and Las Vegas Nevada, we strive to go beyond the expected to deliver the most positive patient encounter possible. Chiropractic care brings relief to patients who have previously been living in pain, without the harmful effects of drugs or surgery. Our Henderson chiropractors can explain how chiropractic can add years to your life and life to your years.