In our Henderson, NV practice, we see plenty of people who are struggling with back pain, and a few of these patients have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific literature agrees with the success we see in our office. One research study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first step in overcoming with your back pain may literally keep you out of the operating room.
In this study, medical experts from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their low back issues. They then looked at three years' worth of follow-up medical information to find out whether the patients wound up having back surgery in an effort to correct the problem.
What the researchers discovered was that 42.7% of the men and women who first consulted with a surgeon for their back pain ended up in surgery in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first consulted with 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 findings. Consulting with a chiropractor significantly decreases your odds of getting 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 consider this important point: this study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most influential medical publication on spinal injury.
Surgery: The Last Resort
Any surgery has risks, but a major 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 and Dr. Janda is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky 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!