When is Surgery Better Than Chiropractic?

Surgery is invasive and there is no way around this fact. Even outpatient surgeries carry some degree of risks and side effects, and these people come and leave in the same-day. As more complicated surgeries are being considered across different parts of the body, the margins for error and negative side-effects will only increase.

For example, back surgery. Sufferers of chronic back pain are often told by general physicians and even specialists that to fix a spinal problem would require back surgery in order to diminish their ongoing pain.

Unfortunately, with back surgery, there are invasive procedures that can carry an even bigger risk for potential setbacks that could develop during the recovery process. Back surgery is very risky, to say the least. And, even when the procedure itself is done and over with, the road to recovery will be paved with extensive physical therapy, painkillers, and the sheer possibility that something just won’t heal right.

With all the intimidating prospects that back surgery can present, the possibility that you might not even need to go under the knife is the scariest of them all.


Surgical Approach

Back surgery begins with identifying the area of the spine that needs attention. Once the plan of action is determined in regards to surgical approach, the problem can finally begin to be resolved. If the plan is fusing the vertebrae, you’re admitted to the hospital and sedated before going under the knife.

Your road to recovery begins, usually with painkillers, shortly after coming out of anesthesia. As the pain persists, you’ll pop pills, attend physical therapy sessions, and start paying on your extensive medical bills because back surgery isn’t cheap!

In a few month’s time, if all goes according to plan, you should be properly healed and pain-free. The pain of lingering bills may persist if you still haven’t paid them off, but your physical pain should be gone. Unless, of course, you fall into the 33.3% of people who were recommended the wrong surgical approach.

Chiropractic Approach

In choosing a chiropractic approach, you’ll visit with a chiropractor who will order the necessary images of your spine, including your hips and shoulders. After examining the images thoroughly, the chiropractor will then pinpoint misalignments and show these to you, explaining the significance of the issue. Utilizing the data of your spine, the chiropractor will begin to formulate a plan to realign it.

With the treatment plan tailored to your needs in place, you will start visiting with a chiropractor several times a week over the course of the next few weeks, and quite possibly even months if absolutely necessary. Every visit to your chiropractor will only be a fraction of the costs of a hospital visit and each time your spine will be adjusted closer to its ideal posture. With time, these minor adjustments will add up and the results will be outstanding!

Your chiropractor will assist you in developing healthy habits in terms of sitting properly, your standing posture and strengthening exercises that will help solidify the effects of your adjustments as your spine comes back into position. When all is said and done, you’ll have a healthy spine, you’ll no longer suffer from pain associated with your back, and you will have a collection of exercises to help you stay in proper form!