In our Henderson, NV office, we see a lot of people who are troubled with back pain, and some of these folks have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgical procedure. The scientific literature confirms the success we see in our practice. One research study published in the medical journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back pain may literally keep you off of the operating table.
In this research study, medical researchers from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back-related issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical information to find out whether the subjects wound up having back surgery in an effort to treat the problem.
What the authors determined was that about 43% of the patients who first saw a surgeon for their back pain ended up in 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 remarkable outcomes. Consulting with a chiropractor significantly reduces your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also keep in mind this important detail: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most distinguished medical journal on spinal injuries.
Surgery: The Last Resort
Any surgical procedure has risks, but a serious problem associated with spinal surgery is that there's a very high rate of failure. In an important analysis 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 experts in 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 and Dr. Janda believes that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without high-risk surgery or drugs--and many studies have documented the efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Henderson, NV and you need care for your back pain, give our practice 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!