Vancouver Spine Care Centre Treats the Patient Not the MRI

Why do patients opt for back surgery? Pain. What conditions do they suffer with most that leads them to back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis. What symptoms do they want gone? Butt pain. Leg pain. Back pain. Vancouver Spine Care Centre is available as your first stop to avoid back surgery or, for some, the last stop. For many back-related-pain patients, Vancouver chiropractic care does the trick and helps them avoid 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 description of some back pain patients’ pain! That pain is a more radicular issue than degenerative change of facet joints. (1)) And lumbar spinal stenosis is the most usual reason for back surgery for US adults. A research study of stenosis patients who have withstood at least 3 years of pain revealed that manual therapy and individualized exercise excelled in helping 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 many patients realizing 60%, 70%, 80% and 90% quicker than that! Vancouver Spine Care Centre recognizes that there are Vancouver 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 need surgery? 0.8%. This comes from a study of 497,822 patients! The surgeon authors of this paper recommended 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 said to be just 2.9% of the cost of back pain management. (6)] Over-imaging has added expense to back pain management: 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? Good 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 – helps chronic back pain patients improve in terms of pain as well as socially and mentally. (10) Vancouver Spine Care Centre welcomes such collaboration with you and your healthcare team! Your feeling better is our goal!

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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 living life her way!

Schedule a non-surgical Vancouver chiropractic care appointment with Vancouver Spine Care Centre today. Physical, mental and emotional pain relief may be relieved and back surgery dodged with gentle, safe chiropractic care at Vancouver Spine Care Centre where patient care is based on the patient not the MRI!

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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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