The latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have surgery for back discomfort, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.
Dr. Ernst is here to make sure that patients in Arlington have a healthy, non-surgical option for back issues. We've helped many people heal from back pain without the need for surgery.
There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and additional complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic may actually keep you off the surgeon's table altogether.
In this paper, 1,885 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For patients who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!
These findings suggest that chiropractic care can help you get relief from back pain without surgery.
If you live in the Arlington area, Dr. Ernst can probably help you with your back issues. Give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464 for more information or an appointment.
Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.