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Back Pain: Do Not Fall Into The Disc Surgery Myth

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Back Pain: Do Not Fall Into The Disc Surgery Myth

It’s always reassuring when research catches up with something you’ve be telling patients for two decades. For years, the general public has been told that they can’t recover from what is known as spinal disc “slipping”, any more than a broken vase can reassemble itself. The truth is: spinal discs can de-herniate. In other words, they can heal. In fact, they heal significantly better without invasive interventions than they do with invasive interventions.

We’ve seen this time and time again while caring for people in Boulder, Colorado at Network Family Wellness Center. Our advanced NeuroStructural reorganization approach helps people optimize their spinal structure, improve their neural behavior, and improve their perception of their body and their life. And now there’s published research to back it up.

The January 2017 issue of Pain Physician published a paper on incidents of spinal resorption of lumbar disc herniation and conclude that low back disc herniation resorption is well recognized. In fact, the overall incidents of resorption is now over 66%. This makes conservative approaches the first choice in addressing low back discs.

Those who go the route of more invasive interventions (injections and surgery) rather than more conservative approaches of trusting the body’s healing capacity and enhancing it by freeing obstructions from their NeuroStructural system, have much worse rates of recovery. It has been found that people who opt for spinal surgery are more likely to become addicted to opiates and are frequently the victim of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

When it comes down to it, short-term fixes are exactly that. While someone may experience relief and be happy temporarily, the long-term benefits simply are not there.

What’s the bottom line here? That patients who are treated with anything but surgery or injections did better than people that went the more invasive route and that many herniation resolve without invasive intervention. Thus, conservative approaches are the way to go to allow your body the time to heal from the effects of a mismanaged structure.

We’re grateful that science caught up with what we’ve been telling our patients in Boulder for two decades. Keeping your spine strong, healthy, and well aligned is vital but not simply for improving pain or correcting challenges that you’re experiencing. Keeping your NeuroStructural system healthy helps you experience more of what you want in your life: freedom, joy, movement, increased function, and greater adaptability.

If you would like to discover if we can help you, click here to have a free consultation, which is simply a conversation about your health care concerns and goals to see if you we can help you move forward in your life and health.

By Dr. Daniel KnowlesJune 9, 2017

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