Is Back Pain Really Alleviated Through Back Surgery?

Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefIn America alone, 600,000 people have back surgery each year. The unfortunate results are that some end up having more pain afterward. A study in the Spine Journal looks at whether back surgery is successful. Evidence shows fusion surgery does not get rid of back pain for a large number of people.

One example is of Nancy who opted to alleviate her back pain with surgery. One month later, she had intense pain once again that medication would not help. She described her pain as an aching in her back and searing jolts of pain traveling down her leg. This pain was caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis.

Because of the frequency and intensity of her pain, she began to feel suicidal. This prompted her to visit another surgeon who was referred to among her associates as a “miracle worker.” He assured her the second operation by him would make her pain subside. Was this the case? For a few weeks after surgery, she reported feeling better. However, the pain returned and was worse than ever.

This information is important to the 27 million of those in the USA who reported having back pain during a recent year. The amount of money spent on back pain, particularly surgeries, reached as much as $30 billion. To spend that much money and energy on something that rarely works is devastating.

Can Anything Non-Invasive Help Back Pain

An area of care seeing great success in relieving back pain is upper cervical chiropractic care. Here at Living Well Chiropractic in Plymouth, Minnesota, we help our patients have a healthy spine, contributing to the overall health of the body, including the back. A misalignment in the bones of the upper neck can negatively affect the entire spine, leading to chronic back pain problems. A misalignment in the upper cervical spine causes the vertebrae to shift and compensate, often causing back pain. We use a gentle method to realign these bones and help people find natural relief without the trauma of surgery.


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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at