Chiropractic care has reduced the need for back surgeries by becoming a very popular, non-invasive way to treat pain and maintain spinal health. However, if injuries are severe enough or if untreated spinal conditions worsen, surgery might be in the cards.
This doesn’t negate necessity of chiropractic care as a supplement to the surgery. On the contrary — post-surgery chiropractic can expedite the healing and recovery process.
Depending on the exact procedure, the patient and the surgeon, recovery time to full mobility and function can vary from a few weeks to a year. Some of the more intensive procedures, such as spinal fusion surgeries, may require the body to naturally heal for quite some time before chiropractic care can begin. A chiropractor will help realign the muscles and vertebrae that may have been disrupted during the procedure. Light exercise is good for the spine to heal during this period, so the chiropractor will assign stretches and range of motion exercises in addition to the massage therapy and spinal manipulation.
Patients who underwent spinal fusion surgery in particular will often experience chronic pain after the fact and chiropractic will help relieve those symptoms. The Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists published a 2009 study in which spinal fusion patients received continuous chiropractic care during and after their healing process. They noted that the patients who received spinal manipulations and massage therapy had great reductions in pain levels.
Chiropractic care, at its core, is all about preventative maintenance. With consistent treatment, it can help you avoid going under the knife in the first place. But in extreme cases where surgery is necessary, massage therapy and spinal manipulation is an effective supplement. When a patient comes in for their first 2 appointments, I conduct a thorough examination of what the problems are and develop a customized treatment plan for the individual’s needs. If you or a loved one has recently had back surgery, schedule a consultation today. I’ll administer effective, drug-free and non-invasive methods of pain relief for your recovery process.