Monmouth County Back Pain Sufferers: Is Surgery Really Necessary?
Red Bank, NJ office offers Medical Care, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic Care in one location to help patients avoid surgery for back pain
These days, it seems like more and more people are going under the knife for back pain. Unfortunately, not only are many of these surgeries completely unnecessary, they are also ineffective and expensive. Check out the following statistics to learn more about why it’s important to seek out ways to treat back pain without surgery:
• Ninety percent of lower back pain cases do not require surgery (According to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons).
• The total cost of unnecessary back surgeries in the United States each year equals roughly $986 million. (As reported by the National Institutes of Health)
• There is a 53% failure rate for low back pain surgeries. (SICOT, The World Orthopaedic Organisation)
These statistics are shocking, and they really make you wonder: why is this happening?
For one thing, people are living longer than ever, so back pain is on the rise. I also believe that many people are unaware of the many conservative, healthy, and successful treatment options available for back pain. You see, it’s my belief that addressing a painful condition should never cause additional harm to the body.
I have another theory to explain the prevalence of unnecessary back/spinal surgeries: in a strange way, surgery (followed by pain meds) represents a seemingly clear-cut, simple, one-stop answer to back pain. We know, of course, that this isn’t true.
Let me give you an example of how confusing the pain management process has become for many patients. Let’s say Patient X wants to continue to see his medical doctor, but also wanted to see how Physical Therapy might help him. He might also have read somewhere that Acupuncture is extremely successful at relieving pain naturally. Finally, Patient X has also come to the conclusion that proper spinal alignment through Chiropractic Care is necessary for eliminating back pain.
Now Patient X must visit the offices of at least four different practitioners in search of relief from his back pain. He is in pain, driving from office to office; he can only hope that he has chosen the best possible practitioners. Even worse, none of these Doctors and healthcare practitioners are working together to ensure that his program of treatment will be successful. After all of that, he still has to make sure that his insurance will cover all of these treatments. Sounds stressful, doesn’t it?
I genuinely don’t want to see back pain sufferers undergoing surgery and putting their health in danger when it is unnecessary. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center uses a different approach; by offering a Medical Doctor (specializing in pain management), a team of Physical Therapists, an Acupuncturist, a Massage Therapist, and Chiropractic Doctors, patients are granted a stress-free, unified, and effective pain management and rehabilitation process for back pain.
Physiatrists are doctors that specialize in pain management. This branch of medicine focuses on the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain. The Medical Director at our Red Bank pain management office begins with the most conservative treatments first; with this goal in mind, he acts as the head of a team of practitioners in creating customized treatment plans for back pain.
Acupuncture works to relieve back pain by prompting the release of endorphins in the body, which act as natural painkillers to reduce patients’ need for painkilling medications. Acupuncture also helps by decreasing the stimulation of nerve signals that cause pain by triggering the release of serotonin, which interrupts pain signals before they are able to reach the brain.
Physical therapy for back pain is an important part of the pain management and rehabilitation process. It can help patients reduce pain, increase functioning, build strength, and avoid future back pain issues. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center offers a variety of cutting-edge physical therapy techniques to alleviate the causes and symptoms of back pain. These might include: Spinal Decompression Traction; Ultrasound; Electrotherapy; Ice and Heat; Power Plate Technology; Low Level Laser Therapy; Massage; and Active Rehabilitation (Exercises).
Chiropractic care ensures total spinal health in order to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself and function at its absolute best. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center uses a number of chiropractic techniques for back pain, including traditional chiropractic as well as a revolutionary practice known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). This higher level of chiropractic uses a scientific approach to achieving total spinal health. This type of care can release patients from inflammation and pain.
Contact our Monmouth County office today to learn more about Medical Care, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, or Chiropractic Care for back pain in Red Bank, NJ.