Back Surgery - is it really necessary?
Have you been told that surgery is your only option? That your back or neck pain will not get better unless they operate. Have you already had surgery and yet pain still remains?
Back surgery is something many people fear, yet at times it is necessary. But surgery should always be your last resort, not the first when you have back pain.
Why do you have back pain?
Back and neck pain can occur for many reasons. You can have numerous types of back pain and symptoms can be minor or severe. But research has concluded that most back pain is the result of many micro-injuries over a period of time.
These micro injuries are caused by your daily activities, such as bending, lifting, carrying objects and even prolonged postures. These micro-injuries create tension on your muscle and joints and pull your spine out of alignment, causing spinal imbalances.
No matter what type of pain you have, this is the mechanism that causes it. It is very rare for people to be 100% pain free, then have a fall or injury and pain to occur. The majority of back and neck pain conditions are the result of months and years of tension creating these spinal imbalances.
Is back surgery ever needed?
If you have a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet syndrome, and the pain and condition is severe enough, then surgery is needed. It will help you get out of pain and remove pressure from the nerves.
There are numerous types of surgical procedures, all great at dealing with pain, but they do not deal with the reasons why you needed surgery.
When does back surgery fail?
All surgeries fail in one aspect, they do not remove the cause of your pain. They remove the symptoms such as the fragmented disc, or fuse a joint that has been destroyed, or the nerve causing your pain.
But these conditions occurred as the result of many months or years of uneven pressure on your spine, from the various spinal imbalances. When your spine is not functioning correctly, when it is out of alignment, wear and tear happens faster and more aggressively.
With time this wear and tear will allow discs to lose height and eventually herniate ... or for nerves to become impinged or joints eroded. Once your surgery is over the underlying process still remain. With time you will find more back pain will arrive.
What are the results of surgery?
Once you have one surgery, statistics say you are more likely to need more. If you fuse a joint, the other joints in the area have to work harder. The spinal imbalances are present also, so the other joints or discs in the area will eventually fail and surgery is needed once more.
Surgery is for pain relief and it is very good at achieving that. But it is symptom relief only.
What is your best approach?
If you are need of surgery then prior to surgery you should still aim to help relieve pain and address the underlying causes. The first step is identifying the spinal imbalances that exist, that are causing your pain.
Helping to balance your spine now, will improve your recovery times and start you on the road to better health. After surgery it is even more important to balance your spine. You can do this as soon as you recovery from the operation itself.
You can use many other techniques that will speed your recovery and start to help balance your spine. Acupressure has been shown to improve the healing and recovery rates, and is simply applied while lying down or sitting.
Once pain has settled, there will be scar tissue around the wound and in the layers of the muscle. Massage is great at breaking the scar tissue down and helping to stimulate the blood supply to the area.
Keeping active is still one of the best things you can do as it helps both the muscles and joints. However, only do activities that do not cause pain, start slowly and build up over time.
To get long term relief and to make sure the causes are addressed, use Spinal Balancing to first identify the distortion patterns that have created the stress that forced the need for surgery. Then perform corrective techniques to return balance, flexibility and strength to your spine.
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