“I expect 100% relief after back surgery!”
Back surgery doesn't always create the hoped-for relief of
back pain. Depending on the source, just 10% to 50% relief may be a wonderful
outcome. Surgery for a disc herniation causing sciatic leg pain results in
success at 12 months from 49 to 58% in one study. (1) An influential factor in
the relief attainment and maintenance is aftercare or rehabilitation. Exercise
and not fearing exercise will go far to help a post-back surgery patient get
and retain the best possible relief.
So what might a Richmond back surgery patient want
to do after surgery? Many today opt to visit their Richmond chiropractor.
Following a chiropractic care
treatment plan, the post-surgical patient
incorporate spinal manipulation
For one, a recent study shares
that manual therapy using joint mobilization and flexion distraction
technique Johnson Chiropractic uses) is effective to relieve low back pain
increase disc height in chronic low back pain patients. (2)
set of researchers reports that patients with neck pain
are more satisfied with
spinal manipulation and home exercise than having to take medication. (3)
encourages back and neck pain patients to embrace self-care in the form of
after a discussion of which exercises are effective and how to do them
correctly, of course. These factors make all the difference!
One effective form of back exercise is lumbar stabilization.
Medical researchers report benefits of recommending dynamic lumbar
stabilization exercises after spinal surgery as they reduce pain, increase
spinal mobility, and ensure faster return to work periods. (4) At
Johnson Chiropractic, patients, post-surgical or not, are recommended simple lumbar
spine exercises often starting with just the first 3: pelvic tilt for abdominal
tightening, pelvic lift, and knee-chest.The goal is to get you involved in
your Richmond chiropractic care. As you grow stronger, a few more
simple back exercises will be added that you can do in as short a time as 15
minutes a day. If you would do them before you even get up in the morning, that’s
all the better!
Even though spinal manipulation is recommended first for
patients with chronic low back pain and low back-related disability (5), if
back surgery was your first option and you still have pain afterward,
you do have the chiropractic non-surgical care option. Johnson Chiropractic sets treatment plans
for Richmond back surgery patients that improve their quality of
Back surgery outcomes may not be encouraging. Your
Richmond back surgery may go well or not as well as expected.
Chiropractic care at Johnson Chiropractic with the Cox Technic and related exercises
for rehabilitation may be the go-to solution for improved outcomes for back
pain relief. Contact Johnson Chiropractic
before or after your back surgery. Johnson Chiropractic stands ready to support your