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Is Chiropractic Care Better than Surgery for Low Back Pain?

Many people think that surgery can “fix” an area of their spine that is injured. While in rare cases that’s true, the permanent changes that surgery makes to your anatomy can cause a host of new problems in addition to the trauma and risks that inherently go along with surgery.   

The changes are referred to as “adjacent segment disease,” and they are the number one reason why people who have one surgery on their low back often have to repeat the process. 

Why it Matters: 

A recent study found that chiropractic care can provide the same relief as surgery for disc issues in the low back, and that’s without any of the surgical risks.   

The kicker is those individuals who didn’t get great results with chiropractic care were found to be great surgical candidates. So, in most cases, it’s clear that anyone entertaining the idea of surgery should go to the chiropractor before going under the knife!  

  • An estimated 60% of patients with sciatica benefited from spinal adjustments to the same degree as if they had received surgery. 
  • Over 25% of patients undergoing spine surgery may have complications. 
  • Patients with disc herniations should consider chiropractic care before surgical intervention. 

Next Steps:  

Having surgery is a big, irreversible decision. The time away from work, risks associated with anaesthesia, the direct trauma to your spine, and results that aren’t exactly fantastic have all led many doctors to question whether surgery is a good option (outside of emergency cases).  

In our practice, our goal is to help you avoid unnecessary addictive drugs and risky medical procedures so that you can find health and healing naturally. And if you are one of the rare people who may benefit from surgery, we’ll let you know. 

Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best care recommendations based on your goals and our findings. It’s how we believe healthcare should be delivered. 

Call our team now on (02) 4959 5966 and make a time to see one of our experience Chiropractors in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Science Source(s):  

Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study. JMPT. 2010.  

Risk of Complications in Spine Surgery. Open Orthopaedics Journal. 2015. 

Patient visits chiropractor for back pain

Chiropractic Care is Recommended for the Treatment of Back Pain

According to the Institute of Health & Welfare, around 4 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is also estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives.1

The Lancet reveals that low back pain is the number one source of disability in the world.

If you’ve dealt with low back pain in the past, you understand just how much it can alter your daily life. Even simply standing up straight can feel like an incredibly impossible task, and for that reason, many top healthcare organisations have begun to publish recommendations for the best ways to take care of low back pain.  

Their findings may surprise you. 

Why it Matters: 

The care provided by chiropractors ranks at the top of many leading healthcare recommendations for relieving low back pain. Movement-based strategies like spinal adjustments, controlled exercise, and dynamic stretching are a few of the most effective ways to relieve low back issues. Not only are movement-based strategies good for providing fast relief, but emerging research shows that they may be able to offer a preventative effect when continued over time.  

The days of taking drugs and medications for back pain are over. Prescriptions are now rarely recommended as a first option because of their dangerous side effects and, frankly, lack of results. 

  • The American College of Physicians supports chiropractic care for the treatment of back pain. 
  • Both Harvard Health and The Mayo Clinic have published numerous articles highlighting chiropractic and movement-based treatment options for low back pain relief. 
  • Clinical care guidelines discourage the use of medication for low back pain due to the risks, dangers, and lack of results.

Next Steps:   

We’re happy that major, trusted healthcare organisations have evolved to support natural ways to find relief from low back pain. If you or someone you know is struggling with back pain, reach out to us today. Our practice in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine the source of your problem and the best unique care plan designed specifically to help you find relief. 

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Science Source(s):  

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Practice Guidelines.  The American College of Physicians. 2017. 

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back PainEvidence, Challenges, and Promising Directions. The Lancet. 2018. 


Chiropractor in Newcastle Treats Stiff Necks

How to Get Rid of a Stiff Neck

Working on computers at home, on desks not ergonomically designed, and staring down at our smartphones for hours each day has left over 20% of us experiencing neck pain over the past few months.

A stiff neck is usually the result of postural issues that have tired the neck muscles over time.

Weakened, or unbalanced, muscle strength can place additional stress on your spinal joints and lead to changes in how you move, extra pressure on your discs, and pain.  

Why it Matters: 

If you are looking down at your digital devices all day every day, the stress can add up and result in your neck not moving correctly. At this point, it’s only a matter of time before you wake up with a stiff neck or turn your head during the day and are greeted by an intense muscle discomfort or pain.  

Here are our 3 smart tips for getting rid of that stiff neck: 

  • Perform exercises each day to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your neck. 
  • Sleep on a supportive pillow to keep your head in a neutral position throughout the night.
  • Visit your chiropractor regularly for gentle adjustments to restore the proper motion of your neck and spine.

Next Steps:   

Remember, chiropractic care and remedial massage can lead to big changes in your quality of life. Our Chiropractic practice in Lake Macquarie is focused on helping you feel and move better through gentle adjustments and by providing you with the stretches and exercises you can do at home to keep improving.

If neck pain is getting in the way of you enjoying your life, give us a call. Our team is here to help! 

Science Source(s):  

Do You Have a Stiff Neck? Try These Simple Remedies. Cleveland Clinic. 2015.