How to Heal Your Back Pain Without Medication, Injections or Surgery?
Many have asked our clinical team what is the best method to heal back pain without spine surgery. As a result, we have prepared this article to answer that question. Back pain is the leading cause of disability for millions. It is the number one reason for emergency room visits and missed work days. Before providing answers to the question, let’s explore the primary reasons why back pain is becoming such a huge problem:
- We sit too long
- Lack of physical activity
- Neglecting of a minor back issue
- Improper treatments
Why Sitting is the number one cause of Back Pain?
Pay attention to your posture if you want to heal back pain. Prolonged sitting and poor sitting posture is the leading cause of back pain. In a seated position, the spinal disc is under excessive load. Anytime, the spinal joints or spinal discs are under load, the pressures within discs and joint increase. The average intradiscal pressure (pressure inside spinal discs) in the supine position (lying on your back) is 25mmgh. Standing for prolonged periods can increase this pressure to 100mmgh. Bending at waist rises it to 150mmgh. But, sitting can increase the intradiscal pressure to 200mmgh. And, leaning forward in a seated position can lead to intradiscal pressures of 250mmgh or more. The increased pressures in joints and spinal discs during sitting positions lead to degenerative changes that are life-changing.
So, the first thing you would need to do is to be aware of your posture. This holds especially true if your job requires sitting. The worst sitting position is one that requires you to sit in front of a laptop. Those who use a computer, often sit in a slightly flexed position. As such, these are individuals that experience more serious forms of back pain. Healing back pain is not possible unless poor posture is limited. You may not be able to avoid sitting, but you should pay attention to your sitting posture.
Don’t Neglect Minor Pains
There is no such thing as a normal backache. So, if the pain you experience isn’t normal, shouldn’t you have it checked out? Of course, you should. It is always better to solve a simple problem than a complicated issue such as a herniated disc, extruded disc or fragmented discs. The one thing all spinal disc patients have in common is chronic back pain that keeps visiting them time and again. Our advice to those that experience even the mildest back issue is to visit a Chiropractic Specialty Center® near you. If you live in Shah Aalam, visit the best clinical Chiropractic and Physiotherapy team of experts in Kota Kemuning (Shah Alam) today. We can provide the targeted treatments to heal back pain without injections or spine surgery.
Improper Treatment of mild back pain can lead to complicated back issues
The Klang Valley has hundreds of therapy centers that claim to offer effective therapy methods for back pain. However, the vast majority of these centers lack the basic understanding of how to treat the cause. Instead, most apply heat, use ultrasound, massage or some form of exercise in their treatments of back pain patients. Ultrasound, massage, hot packs, and exercises are suitable methods of treating certain types of back pain. However, those that have the inflammatory kind of back pain would need a better-targeted system of treatments.
To avoid improper treatment of your back, make sure to have your spine thoroughly checked by an individual that has ample clinical experience. One who uses research-based clinical methods of care to target the cause of back pain, instead of just the symptoms. Now that we have covered some basic information as to the reasons let’s see what you need to do to heal your back pain.
How to Fix your back problem without Spine Surgery?
As mentioned numerous centers treat back pain. The most effective of these centers are those that address patients collaboratively. In other words, chiropractic and physiotherapy are the best means of back pain care, if you want to avoid spine surgery. However, the provided treatments must consider joint and spinal disc health before care. Chiropractic treatment that incorporates rotatory adjustments (manual adjustments with patients lying on their sides) tend to aggravate the joint. Yes, it feels great to get the spine cracked, but in particular instances, it can further irritate the joint capsule or spinal discs.
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We Can Heal Back Pain Without Spine Surgery. Our clinical integrative teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists in Shah Alam have the expertise and the technology to heal back pain without spine surgery, injections or medication. Chiropractic Specialty Center® in Shah Alam, Bukit Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Bangi and Sungai Buloh specializes in advanced clinical back pain treatments through non-surgical decompression therapy (NSD Therapy®). In our centers, we combine Research-Based Chiropractic, Clinical Physiotherapy, Advanced Spinal Decompression, and Target Specific Rehabilitation to heal back pain without neck surgery or back surgery.
Can Surgery Heal Back Pain?
Spine surgery is much like a patch. As with any patch, it may help for a while but can reoccur. Therefore, in our opinion back surgery should be the absolute last resort. In fact, our views regarding spine surgery are based on the research published by surgical and non-surgical experts. The best thing you can do for your back pain is the non-invasive methods of care we offer in our centers. So, before opting for invasive procedures, learn as much as you can. Life is too short to live with regrets.
What are the Surgical Goals of Spine Surgery?
The shared goal of surgery is to achieve decompression of a disc bulge, disc herniation or disc extrusion. Surgical decompression removes the compressive effects by cutting the protruded, bulged or herniated disc fibers. The problem with this procedure is that it does not address the cause of your spinal disc disorder. In other words, your back pain may have resulted from weak muscles, injured ligaments, irritated joints and of course tears and slippage of spinal discs. The surgical intervention only addresses one component, the slip of the protruded disc. They go in and cut those fibers. Some procedures may even involve shaving of bones and spinal joints. The process of cutting protruded discs, shaving of the bony landmarks of the spine in itself is one that often leads to additional problems later in life.
Spinal joints and spinal discs are encapsulated structures, and an invasive procedure will alter the homeostasis of the spinal joint and spinal discs. Yes, it is possible to have a pain-free life for a while. The length of improvements is dependent on several factors, and it varies from person to person. Currently, published research put this pain-free period anywhere from two to five of years. And that is if your surgery is successful! The invasive nature of spine surgery along with the harmful impact on the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) are said to be the primary reasons for the relapse of back pain. Also, there are scenarios, where patients get worse after the surgical intervention.
Complications and side effects of spine surgery are too numerous for us to address in this brief article, but can include increased pain, numbness in legs, weakness in legs, paralysis or worse. There are several types of back surgery, the three most common types of back surgery will be discussed here.
This surgical procedure involves the removal of the bony arc called the lamina. This structure protects the exiting nerve roots for each segment of the vertebrae. Apart from the removal of the lamina, bone spurs (bony projections), and thickened ligaments causing nerve root compression on the involved vertebrae level are also removed. This procedure is done to provide better symptomatic relief for those with complicated spinal disc issues. But, the cutting and throwing away of critical bony structures of the spine does not constitute a cure. And as such, often, patients that opt for a laminectomy often complain of a recurrence of pain months or years post the operative procedures. In addition to laminectomy, some may also have a spinal fusion, which may further lead to additional stresses on the healthy spinal segments.
Spinal fusion can help stabilize the segment in need of an operative intervention but places undue stresses on adjacent segments. In time, the healthy segments start showing signs of wear and tear. The wear and tear of the healthy (good) segments are the results of increased stresses resulting from the fusing of spinal bones.
Discectomy Will not Heal Your Back!
Discectomy is a procedure whereby parts or the entire intervertebral (IV) disc is surgically removed to relieve the area of nerve the root compression. If only a part of the IV disc is removed, it is referred to as micro-discectomy while removal of the entire IV disc is called a discectomy. A microdiscectomy is lesser invasive procedures when compared to the traditional open back discectomy. However, this would entirely depend on the severity of the IV disc herniation, i.e., disc bulge, herniation, and extrusion. Apart from that, the recovery rate post-operation is lesser in a microdiscectomy compared to a discectomy procedure.
The downfall of micro-discectomy is that in time a relapse occurs and such the need for further surgical interventions. Therefore, a conservative course of care is better in the long-term. But for the conservative care to work, it must be targeted and based on accurate diagnosis.
Spinal Fusion Has the Highest Failure Rate According to Published Research!
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure performed to fuse or join two or more vertebrae. Typically, it is provided together or in combination with other surgical procedures such as discectomy. Spinal fusion can relieve some of the nerve root compression, but the loss of segment mobility often cause additional issues that were not present before.
Spine fusion is often performed on patients with hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum, spinal canal stenosis or facet arthritis (facet hypertrophy). Patients are always told that symptoms can decrease, but a recently published research has reported 75% of patients who opt for spine fusion still suffer in pain years after spine surgery. before you opt for a non-reversible operative procedure, contact us for effective conservative treatment. We have helped many with failed spine surgery and can do the same for you.
It is normal to feel worried or anxious when you are diagnosed with a herniated disc. Ultimately, it is your decision. But, do take our advice and avoid spine surgery. You should exhaust your conservative treatment first before even thinking of getting surgery.
You are the one who has to live with the successes or failures that result from the type of care you receive. So, it behooves you to learn as much as you can about the surgical and non-surgical methods to heal back pain. We encourage all back pain patients to choose our proven non-invasive methods to heal back pain before opting for a surgical approach. NSD Therapy® that has helped many with mild and even severe slipped disc patients regain better back without surgery. Best of all, NSD Therapy® makes it possible for you to live a healthy active pain-free life without the risks and side effects of surgery
Don’t wait until surgery becomes your only option. Call Chiropractic Specialty Center® in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Bangi or Sungai Buloh today. We have the qualified clinicians that can discuss the benefits and risks of the different forms of treatment as related to your condition. Let our team help you understand all options that others have not mentioned to you. So, if you want to heal back pain without spine surgery, visit one of our centers today.