In our Ronkonkoma practice, we see a lot of patients who are dealing with back pain, and some of these people have been informed they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Priolo has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of surgical procedure. The science agrees with the success we see in our office. One research study published in the journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back issues may literally keep you off of the operating table.
In this report, medical experts from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from 1,885 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back pain issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical data to find out whether the subjects wound up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the issue.
What the researchers determined was that about 43% of the people who first saw a surgeon for their back pain ended up in surgery in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first consulted with a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are impressive findings. Seeing a chiropractor dramatically reduces your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also keep in mind this important detail: this study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most influential medical publication on spinal injury.
Surgery: The Last Resort
Any surgical procedure has risks, but a serious downside associated with spinal surgery is that there is a very high failure rate. In an important review in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The experts in this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Priolo is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of high-risk surgery or drugs--and many research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Ronkonkoma and you need relief for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (631) 676-6324 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!