What's Ailing You?
> Degenerative arthritis
> Elbow pain
> Herniated disc
> Hip pain
> Knee pain
> Low back pain
> Middle back pain
> Neck pain
> Numbness and Tingling
> Pinched nerve
> Shoulder pain
> Sinus problems
> Sleeping problems
> Spinal fracture
> Spinal surgery
> Sports injury
> Vertigo and Dizziness
Spinal surgery is a broad
category of procedures which are most often delivered to treat
debilitating spinal pain, herniated disks and/or pinched nerves.
Historically, spinal surgeries have been highly invasive, costly (approx.
$50,000) and yielded less than optimal results. Such techniques include
fusion (with plates and screws or bone), removal of portions of a spinal
bone (laminectomy), and removal of all or part of a spinal disk (either
surgically or with a chemical agent). A syndrome titled “failed low back
surgery syndrome” is well acknowledged in scientific literature and it is
said 40% of lumbar spinal surgery recipients fail to obtain long-term
relief of symptoms. Successful outcome defined as patient satisfaction and
sustained relief of at least 50% of pain for 2 years was recorded in only
34% of patients. Some newer surgical techniques (laparoscopy, intradiscal
electrothermal annuloplasty, etc) are far less costly and far less
invasive, and are having similar results in pain reduction for patients.
The problem inherent in spinal surgery is that it does not address the
underlying dysfunction (such as subluxation) which caused the problem to
Gonstead Chiropractic and Spinal Surgery
In its clinical practice guidelines, the Agency for Health Care Policy and
Research (AHPCR) recommends treating the pain of most acute low back
problems with spinal manipulation. It is best to begin with conservative
approaches and to progress to more invasive approaches only as necessary.
Scientists surveyed 100 individuals with low back pain who underwent
chiropractic care. Overall, patients experienced a 50% reduction in low
back and leg pain within 16 days. Gonstead chiropractors are experts with
difficult cases due to the specificity and safety of the adjustment they
deliver. For those who have had spinal surgery without success,
chiropractic has shown to have good results. 4% of patients presenting to
a chiropractor have had one or more spinal surgeries. Several examples in
the literature show positive results with chiropractic and patients with
failed spinal surgeries.
Here’s what Gonstead patients say:
“I had low back surgery several years ago and have lived in constant
pain. Gonstead chiropractic has helped me with the pain making my life
“After my spinal cord surgery, no chiropractor could help me. For 10 years
the pain kept getting worse. Gonstead chiropractic has brought needed
relief to my life and reduced some of the pain so I can function in life.”
> Joan D.
“We both have had spinal surgeries from too many years driving tractors
and farm work in general. We are very thankful to have found the Gonstead
method and how well it has treated our problems.”
> John and
Chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral subluxations and
unsuccessful surgery of the cervical spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther.
2002 May; 25(4):283.
Alcantara J, Plaugher g, Thornton RE, Salem C, Chiropractic care of a
patient with vertebral subluxations and unsuccessful surgery of the
cervical spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2001 Sep;24(7):477-82.
Aspegren DD, Burt AL, A study of postspinal surgery cases in chiropractic
offices. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994 Jun; 17(5):310-3.