BACK SURGERY? DID IT RELIEVE YOUR PAIN?
For many Easley back pain patients, back surgery appears like it is the answer…until it is not. Statistics state that nearly 50% of patients who choose back surgery have the same or worse pain at some point in the future...a year, 10 years, etc. (1,2,3) What comes next? Another surgery? For some Easley failed back surgical syndrome (FBSS) patients, yes. For other FBSS patients, no. Sometimes a second surgery is by necessity, sometimes by choice. There’re other choices though. Even back spine surgeons are searching for the next step for such patients. The multidisciplinary approach is well thought of to make post-surgical continued pain (PSCP) care more uniform among surgical practices and improve patient outcomes. Researchers are just now working to establish what the “uniform care” should be. (4) Other researchers admit that evidence is weak for the use of medications and reoperations to deal with FBSS patients. Active exercise has strong evidence. For some of the worst FBSS chronic pain patients, spinal cord stimulators are used. (5) Chronic back pain patients who are proactive in dealing with their pain by exercising and checking out other self-care coping strategies suggested by their chiropractors - like your Easley chiropractor may do – discover that they cope with their pain better. (6) A particular study of 69 post-surgical continued pain patients (aka FBSS) treated with the chiropractic Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management revealed that 81% of FBSS/PSCP patients receiving a mean of 11 treatment visits over a 49 day period of active care stated that they got more than 50% pain relief at the end of 3 months’ active care. At 24 months, only 16% had another surgery while 82% reported pain relief of more than 50%. (7) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a viable, evidence-based option before back surgery (and recommended prior to back surgery by organizations like the American Pain Society and the American College of Family Physicians (11)) and after back surgery. Your Easley chiropractor has just the treatment plan to relieve and control your and a loved one’s back pain. Make an appointment soon!
Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents the treatment of post-surgical continued pain/failed back surgical syndrome patients using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. There is hope!
TIP OF THE MONTH: Glucosamine for Back Pain and Joint Pain Relief
Glucosamine sulfate benefits cartilage and joints found all over the body like the spine and knee. It’s physiologically part of the body. Glucosamine sulfate stops the destruction of cartilage and reduces osteoarthritic pain. It reduces destruction of cartilage by halting the enzymes that do that. It inhibits damage of corticosteroids on chondrocytes and NSAIDS on glycosaminoglycan synthesis necessary for cartilage health. It’s even written to be a “stimulator of tissue regeneration.” (8) For those suffering with osteoarthritis – the most prevalent joint disease and common cause of joint pain, functional loss and disability – taking glucosamine together with NSAID treatment like meloxicam inhibited the inflammatory issue that come with osteoarthritis by decreasing the levels of interleukin 1ß. (9) Glucosamine sulfate taken orally reduced lower back pain as effectively as NSAIDs and did not push glucose levels out of their normal limit. (10) Let us talk about how glucosamine sulfate may help you manage your Easley back pain and joint pain.
CONTACT Young Chiropractic
Schedule your next Easley chiropractic appointment today with Young Chiropractic. Easley back pain whether it has been surgically managed or not is invited to Young Chiropractic where chiropractic care with spinal manipulation and glucosamine help sufferers get relief and a sense of control.
May 2020 be your year of back pain relief solutions with Easley chiropractic care at Young Chiropractic!