Back surgery isn’t always required to get rid of back pain. Adogwa and colleagues reported that 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 solid treatment plan. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic has such a plan for Augusta post-back-surgery, failed back surgery syndrome, continued back pain (choose your term!) patients that incorporates safe, doctor-delivered, 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 descriptive phrase “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 12 months’ post chiropractic care (multi-modal chiropractic care with flexion-distraction among the treatments), 48% maintained their improvement, 42% had a recurrence, 10% were inaccessible for follow up. (2) A retrospective review of 32 cases of post-lumbar spine surgery pain patients recorded numeric pain score changes from 6.4 to 2.3 (on a 10 point scale) for a 4.1 drop in pain. No adverse events were reported for any of the postsurgical patients in this review with the mean number of treatments being 14. Chiropractic care integrated the delivery of Cox® flexion distraction. (3) A prospective study of 69 post-surgical continued pain patients who still had back pain after back surgery were treated by 15 chiropractors. All delivered care via protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. 50% or more relief of pain at the end of active care was recorded for 81% of the patients. The mean number of days of care was 49 days;treatments was 11. A 24-months’ follow up found that 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 pursued more care in 2 years. 32 patients had: 17 of them underwent 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) Augusta back pain sufferers who have already undergone back surgery may appreciate these outcomes for themselves! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help.
UNDERSTANDING OF BIOMECHANICAL CHANGES
To commit to a plan, all involved must be aware of what is going to happen to affect a change in pain. One study measured 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 decreased from 69.17 to 48.48. Lumbar spine mobility improved as it changed from 17.37 to 12.69 (bent over with fingers reaching for the floor). Passive straight leg raise improved from 46.94 to 56.01. (5) These are desired and documented changes with gentle, safe Augusta chiropractic care.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient who’d already had back surgery and still experienced back pain.
Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. Back surgery isn’t the only choice for many with back pain. And for those who have already undergone back surgery, the non-surgical approach with chiropractic may finally produce the pain relief you want.