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Surgery verses Chiropractic or Acupuncture is It Possible to Avoid Surgery?
Any surgery is a risk and a big stress for your body.
And you can also add to this a recovery time, missed work time, and high costs. Sometimes you can get complications and surgery will not solve your problem. Should you do conservative treatments and avoid surgery?
Several years ago, Dr. Saal, a leading spine specialist with the San Francisco Spine Institute, published a three-year study that concluded that half of the 250,000 lower-back operations in the United States every year are unnecessary, hence detrimental to the long-term health of the patient and the healthcare system.
Today Dr. Marr wants to share some of his cases when chiropractic care combined with acupuncture and physical therapy helped to avoid surgeries.
Case Studies - Avoiding Spinal Surgery
- Case 1: Lower back pain which radiates across the left buttocks and down the left leg.
Spinal disc surgery was recommended however patient was trying to avoid surgery. Patient was treated with acupuncture, ultrasound, and spinal manipulation. Patient fully recovered and was completely asymptomatic.
- Case 2: Lower back pain which radiates across the right buttocks.
Patient was treated with traction, electrical muscle stimulation, hot moist packs, and spinal manipulation. Surgery had been recommended and this patient was referred in by a family member. Patient fully recovered and was pain-free. Patient placed on a maintenance program to prevent symptoms from reoccurring.
- Case 3: Neck pain which radiates down the right arm to their fingertips.
They also experienced numbness and burning down the right arm. Surgery was recommended and patient was referred by a friend for acupuncture. Patient was treated with acupuncture. The numbness and burning subsided and the neck pain became very infrequent. Patient was placed on a maintenance program of one treatment per month and surgery was prevented.
- Case 4: Upper back pain which radiates down the upper left arm. Surgery was recommended.
Patient treated with acupuncture and spinal manipulation. Patient became 90% pain-free and was placed on a maintenance program of one treatment per month. Surgery was prevented.
- Case 5: Numbness, burning, and pain in left and right lower legs due to neuropathy.
Patient was treated with acupuncture and achieved 90% relief. The patient was placed on a maintenance program of once per month.
Conservative care should be considered prior to surgery in the majority of spinal surgery cases. A consultation with Dr. Marr will provide you with useful information about possible treatment, which may prevent unnecessary surgery and return you to your normal activities of daily living enjoying life.