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Considerations of Richmond Back Surgery for a Herniated Disc

The frustration of Richmond back pain: It hurts. It messes up life. It doesn’t always react positively to the best-intended care programs: back surgery or conservative. That’s the reason Johnson Chiropractic exists. Johnson Chiropractic is here to assist Richmond back pain and neck pain patients find an alternative that works for their Richmond back pain relief goal.


There are many Richmond back pain relief plan options! New research shares some interesting findings. Let’s consider opioids and Tylenol for back pain relief. There’s no difference in low back pain relief and radicular extremity pain (leg pain sciatica) relief between using Tylenol and using powerful opioid drugs. (1) Melatonin protects the intervertebral disc’s nucleus pulposus cells from apoptosis (cell death) and halted disc degeneration. (2) Melatonin accomplishes this. There’s hope for disc degeneration’s reversal. And what about this study? Spontaneous resorption of a lumbar herniated disc confirmed on MRI was observed in all of 9 patients who felt back pain and sciatic leg pain, declined back surgery, and had no motor deficit! It required a mean of about 8.7 months. Clinical relief with conservative treatment took a mean of just 5.7 weeks. (3) That’s rousing news! The discs resorbed.


What compels a patient to decide on Richmond back surgery over other options? The patient’s ideas about the treatment may be based on insufficient information. The time it takes a patient to make a decision may be rushed because of scheduling when the patient is one who requires time to really think about the decision. The patient’s not wanting to disturb the system, disappoint the healthcare provider by rejecting recommended treatment. The patient’s earlier experiences with treatment options as taken by relatives or friends and the resultant good or bad outcomes. Choosing back surgery or a non-surgical treatment plan for low back and/or leg pain due to a disc herniation is a big, complex decision. (4) It’s a decision-making process Johnson Chiropractic knows well, that Johnson Chiropractic has helped many Richmond chiropractic patients to make. Johnson Chiropractic views each patient as an individual case with many external guiding factors. Armed with knowledge of the spine, of disc conditions, of the research-supported treatment options with pleasing clinical outcomes, Johnson Chiropractic can help with that decision process, set up a treatment plan with goals that, should they not be met as expected, leaves the back surgery option open should it be needed. Take time to make a decision on Richmond back surgery for Richmond back and leg pain due to disc herniation. It is an important decision! Johnson Chiropractic has helped may Richmond back pain patients with Cox Technic to avoid back surgery.

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. James Cox as he shares more about the decision to go forward with back surgery or not on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson.

Schedule your Richmond chiropractic appointment today for a Richmond back pain relief discussion of Richmond surgical and non-surgical options. Johnson Chiropractic knows the annoyance of back pain and is here to help you know the options for its relief. Johnson Chiropractic is your partner in Richmond back pain relief no matter the option you choose.

Richmond back surgery for a disc herniation is an option to be carefully studied before a decision is made to proceed.  
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