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February 05, 2013

Thinking about if you should have back surgery for your Baton Rouge chronic low back pain? That's precisely what you should be doing. You should ponder all your choices. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers works with lower back pain patients again and again who are doing the same thing.

Many Baton Rouge lower back pain patients hear from well-intentioned people that they should have back surgery if they have back pain. Some take action on that advice and go to the spine surgeon. Then they hear from one surgeon that they should have back surgery that comprises fusion. Then a different surgeon advises surgery without fusion. Then that same back pain patient comes to our Baton Rouge chiropractic office and hears about our conservative, non-surgical for relief. What is a chronic low back pain patient to do?

We comprehend the confusion over back surgery and fusion and non-fusion, but we also know that trying our non-surgical approach to pain relief before surgery is a good idea. Give us just 30 days. We'll all know if it's a good idea for you. Plus, once you undergo back surgery, your spine is never quite the same. If you can get relief or even get rid of the pain in a 30 days' trial of non-surgical chiropractic Cox Technic treatment at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers without surgery, isn't that worth a try? Consider these recent articles in making your ultimate decision...

Picture comparing back surgery and no back surgeryIn a study examining chronic low back pain patients who were divided either to undergo back surgery with spinal fusion or to exercise and cognitive intervention strategies, there was zero difference at 9 years post care. As a matter of fact, 33% of the fusion surgery patients had to undergo another surgery. Even though 33% of the cognitive/exercise patients did eventually undergo surgery, 66% of them did not. More of the chronic low back pain patients who underwent fusion surgery used pain medications and were out of work at 9 years. (1) Do you want back surgery or would you like a second opinion?

Picture on getting a second opinion on back surgery prior to having it

Well, a neurosurgeon who kept track of his surgical referrals and second opinions for 145 consecutive patients found that on second opinion, he recommended to nearly half of the patients that they NOT have the recommended surgery. (2) So are half of the spine surgeries performed done without necessity? Get your second or even third opinion before undergoing back surgery. Only 2%-5% of low back pain patients have to have surgery. Ask if you are one of them. If you are not, there may be a better, non-surgical way to help.

So what should you, the chronic low back pain patient, do? Talk with Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers. We're here to help you sort through your options and get you set with our Baton Rouge non-surgical approach to relieving your back pain. Contact us now!