Monday, July 15, 2013

What are the stakes? Consult a surgeon...get a surgery!

According to a collaborative study conducted by the University of Washington School of Medicine, the University of Washington School of Public Health, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Ohio State University College of Public Health and Geisel School of Medicine (Dartmouth College), 42.7% percent of workers that first consulted a surgeon for back pain underwent spinal surgery. In contrast only 1.5% of the individuals that initially consulted a chiropractor underwent spinal surgery.(1)

Incredibly invasive and risky procedures that often result in subsequent surgeries or even death are in most cases unnecessary. Even the renowned Mayo Clinic accepts the evidence that “back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases.”(2) If chiropractic care can prevent spinal surgery approximately 40% of the time then why is spinal surgery growing at such an alarming rate?

A simple answer to this question is that the general public just doesn’t know their options with regards to treatment. Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is a highly-researched chiropractic treatment (the single most researched technique) and literature abounds supporting the efficacy of this treatment for spinal health. This conservative form of care is a more than fitting alternative to cutting on/into/around the control system (sounds important right?) of the human body; the nervous system.

A highly-effective, non-invasinvasive, research-driven technique that has been shown to prevent 40% of spinal surgeries…what do you have to lose? The stakes are much less than the alternative.

Contributed by Justin Copeland, DC