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Who else in San Francisco or Marin County Doesn't Want Back Surgery ?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

San Francisco and Marin County Chronic Back Pain Sufferers should consider nonsurgical treatment options for Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).

I like to stay current on surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for disc disease and herniated discs. This helps me to help patients make informed decisions about what is best for them. I will admit that most of the patients that seek me out do not want surgery under any circumstances. Some have had surgery already that did not work or relapsed. But, there are some that are considering all treatment options, and the  " Intervertebral Disc Replacement" is one of them, so I thought I would write about it today. In found this paragraph in the article very interesting:

The diversity of approaches and the variation observed in treatment strategies for low back pain indicates an absence of evidence-based support for any single method. While the rate of back surgeries including fusion of the spine has increased by over 600% between 1979 and 1990, there remains no operative treatment that has yielded reliable and reproducible good results in patients affected by chronic low back pain. The common denominator is that none of the techniques listed above are directed toward the restoration of normal structure and function of the affected spinal motion segment, and of the disc at the center of that motion segment.

     Wow, none of the current methods of back surgery are directed toward the restoration of normal structure and function. That's Great. And, that's also why nonsurgical spinal decompression was invented. The treatment objective is to reposition and heal the disc through the application of a negative pressure. Then, strengthen the outer ligaments and spinal muscles. I have written extensively on these pages as to how this treatment actually works and how we take it to the next level by incorporating a plant based diet, yoga, meditation, and supplementation. So, while it's important to know what the treatment options are for badly degenerated spines, every time I read up on them it reinforces my belief that nonsurgical spinal decompression should be considered first. You can always have surgery.

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