Do you Consider Spinal surgery? Think again.
To give you some idea of the epidemic that is low back surgery more than 500,000 patients undergo lumbar spine surgery in the US each year. About 150 thousand of those surgeries are spinal fusions. Unfortunately, 50 percent of all surgical patients will fail to gain their desired outcome. In fact, 10 percent of all patients will be worse after initial surgery
Medicare spending for inpatient back surgery more than doubled over the decade. Spending for lumbar fusion increased more than 500%, from 75 million dollars to 482 million dollars. In 1992, lumbar fusion represented 14% of total spending for back surgery; by 2003; lumbar fusion accounted for 47% of spending.
Stretch therapy states: “The first axiom for anyone in the healing arts is to ‘first do no harm’. Pain is NOT a reason to entertain surgery. . .”