A study was performed using the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation database of 1450 patients who had been diagnosed with disc degeneration, radiculopathy (a nerve condition making the limbs weak and tingly), and disc herniation. As many as half of these patients opted for surgery, and all of the participants rated their pain close to the same amount.
More Results from the Back Pain Study
Two years later, these same people underwent a reevaluation of their progress and activity level. Out of those NOT opting for surgery, 67% could go back to work. There was a 41% increase in the use of painkillers – mostly opiates – for those who had surgery.
The results of the study show that only about 1 out of every 4 people opting for back surgery could go back to work. From the number of painkillers used, it can be estimated that 50% of those who underwent surgery had more pain afterward. This may cause you to wonder if there are any alternatives for caring for back pain that have less risk involved.
Back Pain Help Found at Upper Cervical Chiropractor
A connection has been seen between a misalignment of the upper neck and back pain due to how it can cause the head to tilt and become out of balance. A head tilt of just ¾ of a degree causes the spine to make compensations to the body’s posture. The brain works hard to keep the eyes level with the horizon line. If a misalignment occurs, the position of the head changes and eventually even the hips are affected as the spine twists and bends to make up for it. This, in turn, throws off the entire muscular system of the body.
Balanced Living Chiropractic in Rochester Hills, Michigan offers a safe, non-invasive alternative to back surgery. We use a system of x-rays and precise measurements to find the location of the misalignment. We then use a gentle method to help the bones of the neck move naturally back into place. This repairs the damage done and corrects any problems along the spinal column, realigning the hips and rebalancing the head. This often brings great relief to back pain sufferers.
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