“You need back surgery.” With out a doubt, this is a pronouncement anyone would dread . Unfortunately most of the people who hear these words are already in considerable pain. Even so,  for most people the thought of having to go through an invasive, risky procedure is frightening.

However if back surgery were a guaranteed fix for the extreme pain, numbness and tingling that many back pain patients experience, even the most squeamish in the group might be willing to undergo surgery.” But unfortunately, low back surgery has a surprisingly low success rate. More than half of all back surgeries fail to relieve the patient’s back pain and other troublesome symptoms.

Even more disturbing is the dramatic increase in surgical procedures over the last few years.

Here is an excerpt from the well-respected British Medical Journal that outlines this situation. “It is unclear why more complex operations are increasing. It seems implausible that the number of patients with the most complex spinal pathology increased 15-fold in just 6 years. The introduction and marketing of new surgical devices and the influence of key opinion leaders may stimulate more invasive surgery, even in the absence of new indications… financial incentives to hospitals and surgeons for more complex procedures may play a role…

As you can see, there are many reasons to try alternative treatment for back pain before considering back surgery.

Begin by visiting a Garland chiropractor as soon as possible. A chiropractor in Garland can help take care of spinal disc problems at the first sign of symptoms, so that you don’t find yourself with bigger problems down the road.

Disc problems are a major factor in chronic low back pain and one of the biggest reasons that people are prescribed low back surgery. Just remember, the earlier you receive treatment and get the discs back to a healthy condition, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

f you are diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc there’s a very effective treatment called spinal decompression therapy. This treatment is gentle, and non-invasive. It’s proven to help heal disc problems.

In conjunction with spinal decompression there’s also cold laser therapy to help reduce the inflammation and swelling. Our chiropractor in garland offers both of these advanced treatment options

Another way to avoid back surgery is to take the best possible care of your spine. This isn’t as hard as you might think, but it does involve diligence and commitment over your entire adult life and an obligation to your health. People who take care of their spine  rarely end up needing surgery.

If you slouch when walking, sitting, watching TV, reading a book or in front of your computer, your chances of someday needing surgery increase exponentially. Practicing proper posture is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your spine, Fortunately it’s relatively simple to sit up straight and keep your head positioned correctly while you’re reading, surfing the net or any other activity. Your chiropractor in Garlandt6y can show you how.

Taking care of your spine throughout your lifetime is one of the best ways to avoid back surgery. Exercise frequently (and properly), drink enough water (we can’t stress this enough), get the proper amount of rest and get to a Garland Chiropractor as often as you can, even if you don’t ‘hurt’.

If you can make a commitment to your spine and your health, and do these things, then you should never have to schedule an appointment with a back surgeon. Instead, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mixon and be well.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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