Does spinal surgery backfire on patients in pain?

Pain in the back

A large (1450 patient) study, this time published in the journal Spine (2011), provides evidence that for many patients, fusion surgeries designed to alleviate pain from degenerating discs fails. This time researchers analyzed a large workers compensation (Ohio) insurance database.   Included in the study were 1,450 low back patients with a combination of either disc […]

Back Bone Spurs Linked to Diet & Smoking

Lumbar ostephytes art

***Not surprisingly, another study has linked smoking with degenerative spinal conditions.  However, what some may find interesting, is that good nutrition was associated with enhanced spinal health. The study titled, “The effect of beta-carotene on lumbar osteophyte formation” suggests an association between degenerative spine conditions and a low blood level of  beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is found […]

Third patient dies due to bone cement

surgical operating room

Spinal compression fractures are most prevalent in frail and elderly persons, those most vulnerable members of society. Often occurring due to a fall, lower spinal vertebrae fracture and collapse.  Increasingly, surgery with bone cement is used to attempt to restore height to the collapsed vertebrae(s). Unfortunately, one of the problems we have seen is that after […]

Chiropractic for work back injuries?

low back pain in a worker

A recent study reports very positive results with the use of chiropractic for initial work injuries for back pain as well as the followup care for those injuries. Chiropractic results during the disability back pain episode, as opposed to an alternative: 24% decrease in disability duration 5.9% decrease in narcotic use 19% decrease in medical […]

Spinal fusion surgery denied for DDD


Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BSBSNC) recently announced beginning January 2012 that for degenerative disc disease (DDD), that they will no longer cover lumbar fusion surgery. Nevertheless, in the face of denied claims for thiese procedures, spine surgeons insist that they have helped many people with these complex spine surgical procedures. For patients with […]

Chiropractic manipulation for back injuries?


The Utah Study – less expensive and less days missed from work… A 1988 Utah workers’ compensation board study found a savings for average workers compensation costs for back injuries treated by chiropractic care was ten fold, $68.38 vs. $668.39. Only those with back injuries with the same diagnostic codes were compared between the chiropractic and non-chiropactic groups. Source:  […]

Bea’s back pain improved with non-surgical spinal decompression

Discussing Patient Treatment Options

Bea had suffered for sixteen years with back and leg pain and was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease.  She was having difficulty sitting for any length of time in her college classes. She had tried dozens of injections and multiple courses of physical therapy which was so painful that she was advised to take pain medication prior […]