Chiropractic Patients Avoid Surgery
Chiropractic patients are more likely to avoid the need for surgery compared to patients under traditional care for back pain, according to a 2013 study from the journal Spine.
In this particular study, researchers wanted to find out why certain patients got surgery and others did not; what they found out was pretty scary.
Following the study, researchers discovered that the health-care provider played a significant role in whether a patient underwent surgery or not. In other words, your chances of getting surgery do not depend on whether you in fact need it; but what type of doctor you see first.
For patients who first saw a medical physician for their back pain, 42.7% eventually ended up in the operation room. Whereas, just 1.5% of patients who first saw a chiropractor had surgery. Nearly all of chiropractic patients were able to avoid spine surgery through natural, conservative treatments.
This particular observation actually adds to earlier studies suggesting that chiropractic can reduce your likelihood of surgery. In a 2010 Clinical trial comparing microdiscectomy and spinal adjustments for sciatica, 60% of chiropractic patients had significant improvements without needing surgery.
Your Health is Your Choice
Our decisions determine our outcomes and the information we gather from our daily lives helps drive those decisions. This process applies to all aspects of life, particularly as it relates to health care decisions. One of my goals as a Chiropractor is to seek and inform the public about the proven benefits and expected outcomes of not just chiropractic care but the ability to achieve health without drugs or surgery. This information belongs in the hands of those making decisions that affect the health care of every family.
Chiropractic Better than Pain Relievers
Back pain results in more missed work days and more reported cases of disability than any other affliction in America. Chiropractic not only proves to be a safe and non-invasive alleviation of back pain but also proves to be the most effective solution. Research from 2003 showed that Chiropractic care improved spinal pain and function five times better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, etc).
Prescription pain killers are deadly. (That’s a Medical Fact published in a 2015 article in The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). Prescription drugs that numb pain in some cases convince the patients they are better when in fact; they continue to get worse. This process results in overuse of pain killers as well as a delay in healing and permanent damage.
Chiropractic is Safe and Effective Regardless of What People May Think
People consulting chiropractors for pain or function problems experienced the highest quality of care and success approval ratings while freeing themselves from unnecessary surgery, loss of work, and substantial hospital bills. Unfortunately, so many people continue to have a negative perception of chiropractic care. The public deserves to be informed of these statistics, especially when research proves the existence of healthier and more cost efficient alternatives to high risk surgeries that result when people with spine and function issues first visit medical doctors and surgeons.
Chiropractic adjustments serve a purpose far beyond simply treating aches and pains. Adjustments remove interference in the nervous system so the brain and body can function without compromise. A healthy spine produces healthy brain to body communication and improved nervous system function. Science and research prove that Chiropractic adjustments produce health benefits beyond initial pain relief.
If you know someone who is skeptical or hesitant about Chiropractic care, I am asking that you share this article with them and ask them to provide scientific studies justifying their position.
To dissuade someone from getting the care they need based on unscientific dogma is tragic and irresponsible.