Self Healing: Which Road Leads to Spine Surgery?

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

By Dr. John Huntington

According to the Mayo Clinic, “back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of patients” and, while “back pain is extremely common…surgery often fails to relieve it.”

When I started my practice 27 years ago, all researchers then agreed spine surgery was over-utilized. Now, it has skyrocketed, including a huge increase in fusions with metallic implants as well as the use of potentially cancer causing agents to speed bone fusions. (See last months piece on this: “Spine Care Crisis: Can YODA Help?”)

There is broad consensus that the current growth in healthcare spending is unsustainable and is in fact harming our economy and society at large. Spine care plays a huge role in this, and increased costs’ in this area comes from more intensive and more expensive care.

So, what determines whether a patient gets spine surgery?

A recent study found several predictors, a prime one being what doctor is first seen.

Washington state workers with an occupational back injury who saw a surgeon first were more likely to have surgery (42.7 percent) within three years. Those who first saw a chiropractor almost never required surgery (1.5 percent of workers).

Now, workers in Oregonmustsee a Chiropractor as the only nondrug intervention for first four weeks of care before considering surgery

Most have heard the phrase “When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”, so the above info should not surprise us.

In a quality chiropractic practice, the “tools” are many, and include coaching on diet, movement, breath work, as well as muscle-fascial-spine assessment and treatment.

The word “Doctor” comes from Latin and means “to teach”. And that’s the purpose of this column: to share safe, effective health approaches that are logical and shown to be true.

Have fun and keep it simple.

Dr. Huntington practices Chiropractic, Biomedical Acupuncture and Physiotherapy in Oracle, Az. 520-896-9844 huntingtonchiro@hotmail.com.

John Huntington (21 Posts)

John Huntington is a local business owner in Oracle. He is a chiropractor with many years in the community. He writes a health related article in Pinal Nugget.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Mammoth, Superior, Miami to host traditional September Fiestas

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    The Fiestas Patrias commemorates the Grito de Dolores (the Cry of Dolores), which was the event that marks the beginning […]


    Getting Lost in the Copper Corridor

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    Peppersauce Cave (32°31′28″N 110°42′26″W) is a limestone cave found in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the back side of Mount […]


    Mine Mill and the 1960s: The Times Are A-changing (Part 2)

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    The year 1962 started off with a lay off of 50 miners in January. The company said the layoffs were […]


    Self-Defense: The Quest for Martial Knowledge

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    When one starts anything new, excitement is often coupled with apprehension. Training in the Martial Arts has that same effect […]


  • Additional Stories

    Oracle State Park Friends hosts Dessert in the Desert event

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    An afternoon of munching sweet treats and desserts while classic pop tunes roll off the record player is scheduled for […]


    SASO Musicians Present Highlights from Oaxaca Opera Festival on Sept. 15

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    TUCSON, AZ – Twenty-five musicians from the Tucson-based Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra returned recently from Oaxaca, Mexico, where they performed […]


    A Shooting Affray in Mammoth City

    August 25th, 2015
    by

    John Dewitt Burgess was born near Exeter, England in 1847. His family immigrated to the United States while Dewitt was […]


    The Oatman Massacre

    July 29th, 2015
    by

    O n Feb. 18, 1851 a covered wagon climbed the steep bank rising above the Gila River. On board the covered wagon were Royce and Mary Oatman as well as their seven


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather