In our Mauldin chiropractic clinic, we see a large number of patients who are suffering from back pain, and a few of these patients have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Izquierdo has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research confirms the results we see in our practice. One research study published in the medical journal Spine found that seeing 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 professionals from Dartmouth analyzed data from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back pain issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical records to determine whether the individuals wound up having back surgery in an effort to treat the problem.
What the researchers found was that 42.7% of the men and women who first saw a surgeon for their back problems ended up having a surgical procedure in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5% 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. Visiting a chiropractor considerably 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 into account this important detail: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most distinguished medical journal on spinal injuries.
Any surgery has risks, but a major downside linked to spinal surgery is that there is 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%."
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Izquierdo is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have established the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Mauldin and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (864) 627-4325 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!