A survey states that every year, more than 80,000 Americans suffer due to back surgery failure. In spite of having one or more spinal surgeries, they continue to suffer from chronic low back pain.
Moreover, many of these patients also experience depression, brought on by continued disability.
And the term commonly used to describe this condition is called failed back surgery syndrome.
Statistics reveal that many back surgeries successfully eliminate pain as intended. However, failure rates lie between 10-40 percent.
Most of the back problems can be treated with non-surgical treatments, like anti-inflammatory medication, ice, heat, osteopathic manipulation, spinal injections, and physical therapy.
But when conservative treatment options do not provide enough relief, back surgery might be an option.
So consider it as an option, the last resort because it does not help with every type of back pain.
Back surgeries are typically needed in a small percentage of cases such as tumor, infection, cauda equine syndrome, or trauma that causes damage to the spinal cord.
But the truth is that these situations are truly rare.
What are Different Types of Lower Back Surgeries?
It involves the removal of the herniated portion of a disk to help you relieve irritation and inflammation of a nerve. It usually involves full or partial removal of the back portion of a vertebra in order to get access to the ruptured disk.
This surgery involves the removal of the bone that is superimposed on the spinal canal. The bone overlying enlarges the spinal canal and the surgery is performed to relieve nerve pressure caused because of spinal stenosis.
The procedure of spinal fusion is performed to permanently connect two or more bones in your spine. This surgery helps you relieve pain by adding stability to a spinal fracture. However, it is occasionally used to eliminate painful motion between vertebrae that can result from an injured disk.
• Artificial Disks
Planting artificial disks is a treatment alternative to spinal fusion for painful motion between two vertebrae because of an injured disk. But this surgery is not an option for most people.
A recent report by a federal organization, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, found that in 2007, 27 million adults reported problems in their back with $30.3 billion spent on the treatments to get relief from pain. And the truth is that a big chunk of it pays for spine surgeries.
Complicated spine surgeries that involve the fusion of two or more vertebrae are on the hype and over the years, there was an eight-fold jump in these types of surgeries.
For some patients, the need for spine surgery and fusion is necessary and the main concern is that it has gotten way beyond what is reasonable or necessary.
But do you know that Our Body is designed to Heal Itself?
The power that made our body heals our body. Did you know that your body makes 2.5 million RBCs every second and 250,000 WBCs every second?
There are around 50-75 trillion cells in a human’s body and our nervous system controls them all. We all have an incredible body which is formed by our body’s inborn intelligence and tremendous healing power.
All such processes and functions work in sync to keep our health in complete equilibrium. And this is what is natural.
As long as we work according to the laws of nature, our bodies will heal themselves naturally. However, there is one element that interferes with our body’s ability to heal itself and that interference is stress.
The stress creates an imbalance between our structural, biochemical, emotional, and energetic systems. But when your body regains that balance, the benefits you can experience includes:
- Pain relief
- Enhanced quality of life
- Improved energy
And all this can be accomplished by making healthy lifestyle choices and receiving the care you actually need.
Watch the video below to learn more from Dr. Scott Gray himself of why spinal surgery should be your LAST option!