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Back Pain Mistakes to Avoid

Updated on June 11, 2013
Only 1 in 4 patients returned to work after back surgery within 2 years of their operation; 41% increased painkiller use.
Only 1 in 4 patients returned to work after back surgery within 2 years of their operation; 41% increased painkiller use. | Source

41% of Back Surgery Patients Increased Painkiller Use

Research conducted using the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation database tracked 1,450 patients; half of those on disability underwent back surgery, half did not. After two years, only approximately one in four patients who had surgery returned to work. Moreover, 41 percent of surgical patients dramatically increased their painkiller use.

The low success rate for people who undergo back surgery has led to an increase in patients with chronic pain.
The low success rate for people who undergo back surgery has led to an increase in patients with chronic pain. | Source

The depressingly low success rate of lower back surgery means many people end up suffering from chronic pain for literal decades. More and more experts believe that surgery should be a course of last resort. With so many people at risk for low back pain, practitioners are trying to educate their patients about back pain.

Many chiropractors, including Dr. Leibmann, a Phoenix chiropractor with Bluestone Chiropractic, are making an effort to educate their patients on the dangers of undergoing back surgery and the non-invasive techniques incorporated by practitioners of chiropractic and alternative medicine. "There is also concern of over prescribing antibiotics in light of growing bacterial resistance due to over- and mis-prescribing medication," according to Leibmann.

Ignoring back pain or allowing a treatment to continue with poor results can lead to even more severe back problems and pain.
Ignoring back pain or allowing a treatment to continue with poor results can lead to even more severe back problems and pain. | Source

If Your Back Pain Treatment Doesn't Work Within 3 Months, Change It!

If you have been undergoing a treatment that doesn’t work, discontinue it. Three months is long enough to know if something is making a difference or not. Many times people ignore back pain, hoping or assuming it will go away on its own. Sometimes it does but then when it comes back, it is much worse—and much more difficult to treat. So even if it seems minor, have back pain checked out immediately.

Consult with a back specialist, such as a chiropractor, about the non-invasive lower back treatment options available to you.
Consult with a back specialist, such as a chiropractor, about the non-invasive lower back treatment options available to you. | Source

Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom of Your Back Pain

When choosing a treatment, make sure you are not just masking the symptom instead of actually treating the cause. So while cortisone shots and other anti-inflammatory drugs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can offer relief, they don’t address the underlying reason it hurts. It is important to be patient once you develop low back pain, because it will take time to treat and heal. That lengthy recovery time can be emotionally difficult so seeking out support and maintaining good communication with your chiropractor can make the process much easier.

Modern methods of reducing back pain are considered non-invasive and can be conducted by chiropractic physicians.
Modern methods of reducing back pain are considered non-invasive and can be conducted by chiropractic physicians. | Source

Look to the Future for New & Modernized Back Pain Treatments

Staying informed is also crucial to managing back pain. Stay on top of new treatments and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion or to try alternative therapies. Most likely, it will take a combination of treatments, from chiropractic adjustments to leeches, to successfully manage your back pain.

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      5 years ago from www.odesk.com

      This seems unfortunate. I have always thought of surgery as the ultimate treatment for my back pain.

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