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It’s rather shocking that most back surgeries are still legal in this country. The failure rate and risk to patient is RIDICULOUSLY HIGH. 50% of all low back surgeries fail after their first year. After year 2, it jumps to above 70%! So much for “evidence based” medicine. A study in the prestigious Spine Journal (SPINE (Phila Pa 1976) 2011 (Feb 15); 36 (4): 320–331) reviewed records from 1,450 patients in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation database who had diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation or radiculopathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling and weakness of the limbs. Half of the patients had surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae in hopes of curing low back pain. The other half had no low back surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses. After two years, only 26% of those who had surgery had actually returned to work. That’s compared to 67 percent of patients who didn’t have the surgery, even though they had the same exact diagnosis. That translates to a whopping 74% failure rate! It also suggests that you have a 257% better chance of returning to work IF YOU AVOID BACK SURGERY in the first place! In another troubling finding, the researchers determined that there was a 41% increase in the use of painkillers, particularly opiates, in those who had the surgery. By the way, deaths from addictive painkillers are at an all time high.
Chiropractic has an amazing success rate in helping people with low back issues to correct those issues prior to the need for surgery! Consider contacting a local doctor of chiropractic for help.