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Failed Back Surgery

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) Statistics

doctor consulting with a patientIn 2010 a study was conducted on 1500 workers in Ohio with back problems that “warranted” surgery. Half of these workers had surgery and the other half did not. They followed these workers for 2 years. After 2 years 26% of the surgery group had returned to work, whereas 67% of the non-surgery group had returned to work. They were almost three times more likely to return to work in 2 years if they DID NOT have surgery. On a side note, the surgery group also reported a 41% increase in prescription painkiller and opiate (ex. morphine) use post-surgery.

Many spinal surgeries are not necessary.

It is estimated that 20-50% of spinal surgeries leave the patients in the same shape or worse than before. Given that there are over 1 million spinal surgeries done in the USA each year, between 200,000 and 500,000 people will have back surgery this year and not feel better.

For some people, surgery is necessary, and it is important to know when surgery is necessary.

The standard of care states that anyone considering spine surgery gives conservative care a try for 3 months. If relieve is not achieved, then surgery is recommended.

Chiropractic care, specifically Cox Flexion Distraction, is a great conservative option for those trying to avoid unnecessary surgery. The only way to know if it is necessary is to try conservative therapy for 3 months.

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