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Johnson Chiropractic Treats the Patient Not the MRI

Why do patients have back surgery? Pain. What conditions give them the most trouble that leads them to back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis. What symptoms do they want gone? Butt pain. Leg pain. Back pain. Johnson Chiropractic is here as your first stop to avoid back surgery or, for some, the last stop. For many back-related-pain patients, Richmond chiropractic care does the trick and averts back surgery.

BACK PAIN SYMPTOMS

Back pain patients describe all types of painful and irritating symptoms: leg pain, numb toe(s), painful thighs, gluteal pain. (The adage that something is a “pain in the butt” is a preceise portrayal of some back pain patients’ pain! It is a more radicular source than degenerative change of facet joints. (1)) And lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common reason for back surgery in the US for adults. A research study of stenosis patients who have endured at least 3 years of pain showed that manual therapy and individualized exercise helped the most patients receive greater than 30% improvement in symptoms and 20% in function. (2) Our use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management seeks at least 50% relief in 30 days with lots of patients finding 60%, 70%, 80% and 90% sooner than that! Johnson Chiropractic knows Richmond back pain sufferers who would celebrate with non-surgical relief like that!

BACK SURGERY: NECESSITY, COST AND IMAGING

Just how many back-pain patients with spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis require surgery? 0.8%. This comes from a study of 497,822 patients! The surgeon authors of this paper suggested doing decompression surgery without or with fusion sooner to reduce the cost of non-operative treatment. (3) Goodness! The cost of a fusion in 2006 was $40,000 (4) and $80,000 to $100,000 in 2013, making back pain the leading cause of disability in the world ahead of 290 other conditions. (5) [Chiropractic is reported to be just 2.9% of the expense of back pain management. (6)] Over-imaging has added expense to the treatment of back pain: 1 in 4 (25%) of patients who go to a primary care doctors and 1 in 3 (33%) who go to the emergency room got imaging. (7) And how does imaging enhance patient care and clinical outcome? Interesting question. There is no correlation between MRI findings for stenosis and the severity of pain, quality of life, depression or anxiety. (8, 9) What does enhance patient care and clinical outcome? Collaboration between physicians – surgical and non-surgical spine experts – aids chronic back pain patients recover in terms of pain as well as socially and mentally. (10) Johnson Chiropractic invites such collaboration with you and your healthcare team! We want you to feel better!

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Kurt Olding  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Dr. Olding shares lumbar spinal stenosis care with Cox® Technic that allowed a woman to continue doing what she loved!

Schedule a non-surgical Richmond chiropractic care appointment with Johnson Chiropractic today. Physical, mental and emotional pain relief may be relieved and back surgery avoided with gentle, safe chiropractic care at Johnson Chiropractic where patient care is based on the patient not the MRI!

 
Johnson Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to non-surgically manage and relieve back pain often without imaging or MRI. 
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