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In our Lincoln practice, we see many people who are troubled with back pain, and a few of these people have been told they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Alex Kallio has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research confirms the success we see in our practice. One research study published in the journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first step in dealing with your back issues may literally keep you off of the operating table.
In this scientific study, medical professionals from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from 1,885 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either a surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back-related issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical records to find out whether the patients ended up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the problem.
What the researchers determined was that about 43% of the patients who first consulted with a surgeon for their back pain ended up in surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are impressive findings. Visiting a chiropractor dramatically decreases your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this report "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also keep in mind this important detail: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most influential medical journal on spinal injury.
The Problems with Surgery
Any surgery has risks, but a major downside linked to spinal surgery is that there's a very high rate of failure. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The experts in this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Alex Kallio is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of high-risk surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have established the efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Lincoln and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (402) 484-5166 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!