Why Back Surgery Should be a Last Resort for Disc Disorders
September 17, 2014 — 14:38

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

Physiotherapist explaining the spineWith the exception of a few very serious and specialized cases, back surgery is an elective procedure. Even highly respected medical publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) tell us on their low back pain patient page that surgery is rarely a necessary treatment for back pain, but may be a consideration when other forms of treatment have failed.

However if you are suffering with chronic back pain or one of your loved ones is going through the agony brought on by nerve pressure from a disc disorder, you will know that sometimes surgical intervention seems like the best solution. Perhaps you have already spent weeks on medication and tried treatments such as epidural injections. Maybe you have tried physical therapy or another alternative form of treatment to no avail. If so, before you make the serious decision to undergo a surgical procedure, it’s important to consider if you are really doing so as a last resort.

There are some very effective alternatives to back surgery for disc disorders and although it may take a combination of more than one form of therapy, many chronic back pain sufferers ultimately find a program which brings them relief from pain and a return to a normal, fulfilled life – Without surgery.

The Success of Conservative Treatments is Real

For some patients, chiropractic care provides the answer to beating a herniated or bulging disc. For others, it may be a combination of physical therapy and massage treatment. Perhaps some of the most successfully trending alternatives to surgery though, are those which combine the latest in state-of-the-art technology with the body’s amazing self-healing power. These treatments can target disc disorders and correct them over the course of a few weeks oftherapy.

One such advanced method of treating degenerative disc disease and bulging or herniated discs is class 4 deep tissue laser therapy. This advanced therapy uses a process called photobiostimulation to reduce tissue inflammation, ease pain and stimulate the body’s ability to heal. More specifically, the photons generated by a deep tissue laser work in the following ways to address spine and disc conditions:

  • The photons energize the cells in damaged tissue
  • Blood circulation is increased in the area of pain
  • Inflammation is reduced as a result of enhanced cell permeability
  • Targeted cells’ regain the ability to absorb oxygen and nutrients while expelling toxins.

Of course like all other forms of non-surgical back treatment, a number of sessions are required. However each treatment takes only a few minutes. Over the course of six to twelve treatments, many patients experience a significant reduction in back pain while for some, the discomfort is totally eliminated.

Deep tissue laser therapy is sometimes administered as an exclusive treatment for disc disorders, but it has been shown to be particularly beneficial when combined with non-surgical spinal decompression, another advanced method of treating the causes of back pain.

Combining Deep Tissue Laser Treatment with Spinal Decompression

While deep tissue laser treatment uses the power of light energy, non-surgical spinal decompression uses a more mechanical, although no less technologically advanced process to correct herniation and other disc and spine conditions. Spinal decompression involves the creation of a force known as distraction to gently separate the vertebrae in your spine and create a negative pressure within the targeted discs.

This vacuum created by the distracting action of the spinal decompression equipment, is known as negative intra-discal pressure and it encourages bulging or herniated disc material to retract into its correct position, where it no longer impinges on delicate nerve roots. Each treatment session may only encourage a microscopic degree of retraction, but over the course of several weeks, the positive effects are often dramatic.

At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, our team of experts has pioneered and patented a revolutionary treatment program combining spinal decompression with deep tissue laser therapy. The Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM is at the forefront of non-surgical alternatives for treating conditions such as disc herniation and degenerative disc disease.

SDR SystemTM Successful in 89.9% of Cases

Compared with the success rate of back surgery in giving patients the ability to regain mobility and live free from chronic back pain, our SDR SystemTM represents a far more effective option. Of those patients who qualify for the program, nearly 90% experience long term benefits, including a return to their normal range of activities and a cessation of chronic back pain.

Whether or not you’ve tried other alternatives to back surgery, you have a chance to experience the advantages of the SDR SytemTMfor yourself, instead of trusting to the unpredictable outcome of surgical intervention. Only six out of ten people who come for evaluation are actually eligible for the program, so you need to schedule a consultation to see if the SDR SystemTM is suitable for you. If you do qualify, you may be able to congratulate yourself within a few weeks for trusting in conservative, rather than invasive measures to correct your cause of pain.

Why Spine Surgery Should be a Last Resort for Disc Disorders
July 7, 2014 — 19:01

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: , ,   Comments: 1

Physiotherapist explaining the spineIn a June 20th article, Florida’s Tampa Bay Times reported how leading medical insurance companies are limiting the circumstances under which they will authorize certain types of spine surgery. The report also details the reasons insurance companies are clamping down. What’s revealed is that one major health insurer carried out a study on its members who had undergone spinal fusion surgery to alleviate lower back pain caused by wear and tear on spinal discs.

Surgery Often Not the Answer for Disc Deterioration

According to the study, a staggering 87% of customers who had undergone the surgery were still using medication or therapy to relieve lower back pain – Two years after the surgical procedures were completed. Moreover, 15% of these customers underwent further subsequent surgery. The Tampa Bay Times article also reveals that even Medicare auditors have expressed dissatisfaction about money being “improperly spent” on lumbar spinal fusions.

The reason for highlighting this article is because it illustrates how common it’s become for us to turn to surgery in treating lower back pain long before the need for a procedure is proven. It also serves to remind us how often surgery fails to relieve the pain and misery that can be caused by degenerative disc disease, bulging and herniated discs or age related disc disorders.

With such a poor success rate, this alone should remind us of the need to relegate surgical treatment to the bottom of the list of spinal back treatment options. If this alone isn’t sufficient reason though, here are four more reasons why spine surgery should only be considered when all else has failed to resolve your back problems.

Reason #2: Surgery is Rarely Necessary

Very often, spinal disc problems resulting from degeneration settle down as the body adjusts. Of course this may take a few months which is a long time when you are in pain. However, by undergoing conservative treatment to alleviate pain and help stabilize the spine, it’s possible to live life normally and to reduce the healing time. This is surely a preferable option to receiving surgical treatment which has no guarantee of being successful.

Reason #3: Successful Surgery May Offer Only Temporary Relief

It’s my guess that if you elect to have spine surgery, your expectation of such a drastic and invasive form of treatment for sciatica pain or lower back pain will resolve the problem for good. Often though, that’s sadly not the case. There are a number of possible reasons for this. For example, if you have degenerative disc disease, a surgical procedure may fix the disc which is causing you pain and after recovering from surgery you may feel great. However the very nature of a degenerative disorder means that the same disc or others will continue to degenerate. At some point the degeneration can cause inflammation and/or nerve irritation to commence once more, taking you back to square one. Furthermore, depending on the nature of your surgery, healthy discs may come under a lot more stress as a result of the procedure. This can cause degeneration to occur much faster than if you had avoided surgery.

Reason #4: Spine Surgery is Risky

Having surgical treatment on your spine is certainly not something to be taken lightly. The risks are greater than in many other forms of surgery. The risks inherent in invasive back surgery include:

  • Spinal fluid leaks – The sac of fluid protecting the spinal cord can easily be torn
  • Spinal nerve damage – Spine surgery is performed in very close proximity to the nerves
  • Spinal infections – Particularly if hardware is used, such as in a spinal fusion
  • Bone graft or hardware rejection

All of these spine surgery complications can have serious consequences, meaning invasive procedures should definitely be considered only when absolutely necessary, rather than an elective treatment.

Reason #5: Conservative Treatment is More Effective

Now is a good point at which to ask the following question:

Would you rather have spine surgery, only to find it ineffective and then turn to further surgery or other treatments for your continuing lower back pain; or would you rather receive treatment which is known to be more effective than surgery in the first place, electing only to undergo surgery if the conservative treatments fail?

I think I can guess your answer. However, if you have already been undergoing chiropractic care or other conservative treatments and have still found no respite from your spine or disc disorder, there are two more forms of treatment you can try which are safe and proven to deliver results.

Deep Tissue Laser Treatment and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, we are at the forefront of non-surgical treatments for spine and disc disorders. Our class 4 deep laser therapy and non-surgical spinal decompression treatments offer a higher success rate than surgery in treating degenerative disc disorders, spinal stenosis and bulging or herniated discs. Furthermore these treatments are safe and side-effect free.

Before you elect to have spine surgery, why not consult with us and find out how we can help you to avoid invasive treatment? Just call us on (888) 513-3472. To find out more about why spine surgery should be your last resort, you can access a free report by completing the simple form on our website home page.