While chiropractic medicine can often prevent the need for surgical intervention, surgery is sometimes the only option for more advanced conditions and traumatic injuries. While surgery can help repair severe problems in the back, it can also bring on a host of further complications once the incisions have healed. People commonly develop improper spinal alignment, extreme muscle stiffness, muscle tension and chronic soreness after back surgery. If you’re looking for a safe, non-invasive way to alleviate your post-surgery aches, pains and other ailments, chiropractic care might be just what you need.
Surgery causes some form of secondary damage to the back no matter how successful the procedure. In fact, some studies have shown that as many as 30% of people who have undergone back surgery experience chronic pain and mobility loss following their operations. Scar tissue can form around misaligned vertebrae and the soft tissues around your spine can be worn down. Left untreated, this damage can severely impact patients’ lives for months – or even years – after the surgery has been completed. Many people find themselves dependent on anti-inflammatory medications or pain killers in order to function, which can bring along a separate host of problems and health concerns. Chiropractic care provides a gentle and effective way to ensure this secondary damage heals properly with no further risk of complications.
A chiropractor will take X-rays and MRI scans of your back to see where the surgery was performed and assess how well it is healing. He will carefully analyze the results to determine where secondary damage is present and determine hoe severe or extensive the damage is. Once he has a clear picture of your health, he’ll work with you to develop a course of rehabilitative treatment that will fix the damage, alleviate your pain and discomfort and get you back to feeling like yourself in no time.
Post-surgical chiropractic care takes a rehabilitative approach. Your doctor might recommend spinal manipulation, in which case he will gently and safely work your vertebrae back into proper alignment. Commonly combined with therapeutic massage to work out the kink and stiffness in the muscles, chiropractic care can help restore your health and provide you with results other forms of medicine can’t. Chiropractic manipulation is also helpful for getting the fluids in your spine properly moving, which allows your muscles and tissues to obtain oxygen and nutrients while flushing out waste.
While many people are candidates for chiropractic care after surgery, this isn’t the case for everyone. For example, chiropractic treatment should be avoided for a minimum of one year if you’ve had spinal fusion surgery. To find out if chiropractic care might solve your post-surgery pains, give Bluestone Chiropractic Group a call and schedule a consultation with one of our experience doctors. We will be happy to discuss your issues and possible treatment options with you.
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