Back surgery isn’t always necessary to relieve back pain. According to
Adogwa et al, 0.8% of 497,822 lumbar spinal stenosis or
spondylolisthesis patients required back surgery. (1) What do the other 99% require?
Pain relief. An understanding of their condition.
Gentle treatment. A sound treatment plan. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. has
such a plan for patients with Auburn post-back-surgery,
failed back surgery syndrome, continued back pain (choose your term!) that incorporates safe, doctor-directed,
patient-engaged chiropractic care via The Cox® Technic System of
Spinal Pain Management.
BACK PAIN RELIEF AFTER BACK SURGERY
Certain researchers in the medical profession want to discard
their term “failed back surgical syndrome” for “persistent
spinal pain syndrome type 2.” For such patients with pain after back surgery with a laminectomy, discectomy, or fusion who sought
chiropractic spinal manipulation for relief, numeric pain rating scale (0-10/worst-pain
scale) scores decreased from 6.6 to 0.6 and Oswestry Disability
Index (0 to 100/worst-pain scale) scores decreased from 43.8
to 2.4. At one year post chiropractic care (multi-modal
chiropractic care with flexion-distraction among the treatments),
48% retained their improvement, 42% experienced
a recurrence, 10% were unavailable for follow
up. (2) A retrospective review of 32 cases of post-lumbar spine surgery pain
patients noted numeric pain score changes from 6.4 to
2.3 (on a 10 point scale) for a 4.1 decrease in pain. No adverse
events were reported for any of the postsurgical
patients in this review. The mean number of treatments was 14. Chiropractic care consisted
of the delivery of Cox® flexion distraction. (3) A prospective study of 69
post-surgical continued pain patients who reported back pain following
back surgery were treated by 15 chiropractors. All delivered care via
protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. 50% or greater
relief of pain at the end of active care was documented
for 81% of the patients. The mean number of days of care was 49 days;treatments
was 11. At 2 years follow up, 56
patients were available. 78.6% of them had kept their pain
relief greater than 50%. Mean pain relief at end of care was 71.6
and 70 at 2-years follow-up. 43% had not sought more
care in 2 years. 32 patients had: 17 of them went through
chiropractic manipulation, 8 had PT, exercise, injections, and medication; 5 went
through further surgery. (Bottomline: Greater than 50% relief of back
pain following back surgery was attained for 81% of
patients in 11 visits over 49 days.) (4) Auburn back pain sufferers
who have already had back surgery may appreciate
these outcomes for themselves! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is ready to help.
UNDERSTANDING OF BIOMECHANICAL CHANGES
To commit to a plan, all involved must know what is going to happen to bring about pain
relief. A study assessed the short-term
effect of flexion distraction spinal manipulation on various spinal elements
of patients with lumbar degenerative disc
disease (DDD). Intervertebral disc height was increased from
6.32 to 6.93. Back pain reduced from 69.17 to 48.48. Lumbar
spine mobility recovered as it changed from 17.37 to 12.69 (bent
over with fingers stretching toward the floor). Passive straight
leg raise increased from 46.94 to 56.01. (5) These are desired
and documented changes with gentle, safe Auburn chiropractic care.
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. David Atiyeh on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management for a patient who’d undergone
back surgery and still had back pain.
Schedule your Auburn chiropractic
appointment today. Back surgery isn’t the only option
for many with back pain. And for those who have previously undergone
back surgery, the non-surgical approach with chiropractic may ultimately
deliver the pain relief you want.