Chiropractic Can Prevent Back Surgery (if a chiropractor sees you first…)

Back injury is the most common occupational injury in the United States. Because of the medical inflation and overtreatment, it it also the costliest work-related injury. The use of surgery has increased sharply with little corresponding increase in treatment efficacy and success.

A study published in the medical journal Spine reviewed 1885 Washington State workers with recent back injuries and “used medical bill data to determine whether participants underwent surgery…within 3 years.”

Of the 1885 workers, 174 (9.2%) had low back surgery within 3 years of the injury. And “[a]pproximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”

The article also mentions “[t]here was a very strong association between surgery and first provider seen for the injury even after adjustment for other important variables.”

Chiropractic is a safe, very effective choice for back injury, and the study supports that those who see a chiropractor have much better chance to avoid back surgery. Please Contact Us or your local chiropractor today.



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