Spinal Surgery

Failed back surgery syndrome. Walker, S, Cousins MJ. Australian Family Physician Vol. 23 No. 12 December 1994.

From the introduction:

Persistent back pain after surgical treatment presents a frustrating and difficult problem for both patient and doctor. The authors review the postulated causes for this condition and provide a brief summary of specific entities resulting in lower back pain. Treatment options are discussed. This article gives interesting information on the magnitude of the failure of the medical/surgical approach to low back pain. However, the anatomical/physiological information is incorrect in light of recent findings, information the authors should have known since it was available to them during the writing of this paper. Chiropractic is not mentioned in “treatment options.”

An international comparison of back surgery rates. Cherkin DC, Deyo RA, Loeser JD, Bush T, Waddell G. Spine 1994, (19) 11:1201-1206.

The rate of back surgery in the U.S. is 40% higher than in any other country and was more than five times those in England and Scotland. According to the article, “Back surgery rates increased almost linearly with the per capita supply of orthopaedic and neurosurgeons in the country.”

Chiropractic treatment of post surgical neck syndrome utilizing mechanical force manually assisted short-lever spinal adjustments. Polkinghorn,B and Colloca, C. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, November/December 2001 • Vol 24, No 9.

This is the case of a 35-year-old female suffering from chronic neck pain for over 5 years after two separate surgeries on her cervical spine (a diskectomy at C3/4 and a fusion at C5/6. She had undergone the surgeries to resolve her neck pain. Her surgeon suggested a third surgery but she decided on chiropractic care. Within 30 days of chiropractic care all her chronic pain and muscle spasm resolved. A follow-up two years later revealed no recurrence of her previous chronic problem.

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