Do you Consider Spinal surgery? Think again.

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

Illustration on herniated disc

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.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17077740

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. . .”

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Back and neck pain

It is important to keep the natural shock absorbers in our back and neck mobile. It makes allot of sense too try and keep your spine as healthy as possible through proper movement.

During physical activity, stresses are placed onto the spine and the discs. The discs act as buffers between the vertebral bodies, absorb the imposed compressive shock to the spine and redistribute the forces to other parts of the spine. They protect the spine in order that the spine remains stable and flexible. The intervertebral disc is very similar to a jelly-filled doughnut. The jelly inside the doughnut is called the nucleus pulposus, outer rim of the doughnut which is firm and hard is called the annulus fibrosis and the upper and lower crusts of the doughnut are called the vertebral endplates. When a person bends forward, backward or sideways, outer rim of the doughnut known as the annulus fibrosis bulges outward in the direction toward which the body bends (concave side).

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