Corrective Spine Care, An Alternative to Back Surgery
Over the past decade in the United States poor posture, obesity, and generalized poor health have become increasingly prevalent. As a result, back pain and disability have steadily increased leading to the upward trend of back surgeries performed in our society.
The most common symptoms patients begin to experience before seeking treatment for back issues are pain, numbness and tingling in the buttocks or legs, weakness in the legs, loss of balance or coordination and an overall decreased quality of life. Back and spine pain is far more than just pain; this can affect various things in your everyday life and activities. Something as simple as putting your socks on or going to the restroom can be dramatically affected by back pain.
Conservative spine care should always be your first step if you are a candidate for this type of care. Of course there are always absolute surgical candidates where a procedure is the only option. This includes certain fractures of the spine, large angular or translational instability, severe scoliosis, and certain disc herniations/tears. However, for patients that are not a candidate for surgery or elect to not have surgery, there are conservative rehab protocols available that have been researched and scientifically proven to change spine alignment.
The most scientific, results-oriented conservative treatment available is Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). With over 200 studies published, CBP is the leader in conservative spine treatment. This documented success is built around the principle of evaluating and treating spine alignment. Identifying these root causes of pain and dysfunction not only improves quality of life but also invests in the future of your spinal health. Your spinal health and alignment is one of the biggest factors that determine your quality of life when you are older!
When conservative care fails or a patient isn’t satisfied with their results, further diagnostic imaging is then ordered, such as a MRI or a CT, or a surgical consult is scheduled. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that surgery will work. Surgery is most effective when there is a physical abnormality present, such as severe scoliosis or narrowing of joint spaces due to bone spurs. Surgical repair of these types of issues can lead to immediate pressure relief to the affected neural tissues.
Spine surgery or Conservative care?
Depending on the procedure, spine surgery can come with a lot of risk due to the invasive nature and the delicate tissues being operated on. If the underlying cause that initiated the back issue is not addressed, negative effects on quality of life with persist, along with the progression of degenerative processes in the spine despite surgical efforts.
Spinal alignment is extensively studied in the literature, both in the surgical and conservative treatment arenas. These studies give insight to practitioners on the “blueprints” of each individual’s normal for spine alignment and normal ranges. Knowing this information, these providers can then apply treatment methods and protocols to restore normal alignment for that individual. This can be done in an invasive manner, such as a surgical fusion or this can be done in a conservative manner with specific exercises, adjustments, and corrective spine traction. What would you prefer?
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