Back Pain Specialist Gilbert, AZ

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    Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery – What are they?

    Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people in America and is the most prevalent occupational injury in the country.  Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work and the second most common reason for doctors’ visits with Americans spending more than 50 billion dollars a year trying to find back pain specialist for relief.

In May of 2013, PubMed published the results of a study that included 1885 workers in Washington State.  Their objective was to identify the early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury with new workers compensation temporary total disability claims. Baseline measures included worker-reported measures obtained approximately three weeks after claims were submitted.  The study used medical bill data in determining which patients underwent surgery that was covered by the claim within 3 years.

The results of the study showed 174 workers or 9.2% had a lumbar spine surgery within 3 years.  Reduced odds of surgery were observed for those younger than 35, females, Hispanics, and those whose first provider was a chiropractor.  Approximately 43% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery in comparison to only 1.5% of those workers who first sought chiropractic care.

The study concluded there was a very strong association between surgery and the first provider seen after the injury. 

As much as possible, be proactive with healthy lifestyle choices that support and help to prevent injuries.   When an injury does occur, first choose natural non-invasive options. As a general rule of thumb choose--1st-natural, non-invasive treatments, 2nd-prescription drugs,  and 3rd-invasive surgeries as the very last option. Get 2nd and 3rd opinions before undergoing irreversible surgeries.  Back surgeries often fail to relieve the pain.

Many back pain and injury patients have been helped at the back pain specialist , Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center. The doctors are board certified Atlas Orthogonal doctors, providing precise and gentle care – no popping or cracking. Natural anti-inflammatory supplements are available to help reduce back pain and inflammation.  Don’t wait to get help for back pain or other symptoms you may experience after an injury or illness. Call the back pain specialist Gilbert, AZ at 480-325-6977 to schedule a free consultation and find out if Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic care is right for you.  

Complete PubMed article:   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23238486 

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