Discs

Discs – one of the worst nightmares that you can have.

They can give you the worst of pain. Debilitating describes it best.

When they first start sometimes there is no position of comfort. It just plain hurts and hurts bad. You can’t sit, can’t sleep, can’t walk, sometimes you can’t even crawl. And going to the bathroom – it can send you through the roof!


Surgical outcomes aren’t the best either. Older standards give you a 50% chance of coming out the same or better. Cut that in half and you have a 25% chance of doing better on the other side of the knife – and a 50% chance of being worse. Recent studies of 5 and 10 year outcomes show that most who have surgery may report initial relief, but that declines over time and that most of those who have it will remain on disability indefinitely after surgery.

In fact the State of Washington did a study on the outcomes of surgical Lumbar Fusion of people with Work Comp Injuries a few years back. Over 75% of those who received fusion were still not able to return to work 3 years after surgery. The result of the study was that the State now mandates that a surgeon sit down with their patient and go over a 2 page disclaimer explaining why they shouldn’t have the surgery – with full understanding that they will probably be worse of after the procedure.

Doesn’t it make more sense to try to address it non-surgically? Most of our patients are able to avoid surgery with our care and return to normal functional lives. Watch below to see why.

Surgical outcomes aren’t the best either. Older standards give you a 50% chance of coming out the same or better. Cut that in half and you have a 25% chance of doing better on the other side of the knife – and a 50% chance of being worse. Recent studies of 5 and 10 year outcomes show that most who have surgery may report initial relief, but that declines over time and that most of those who have it will remain on disability indefinitely after surgery.

In fact the State of Washington did a study on the outcomes of surgical Lumbar Fusion of people with Work Comp Injuries a few years back. Over 75% of those who received fusion were still not able to return to work 3 years after surgery. The result of the study was that the State now mandates that a surgeon sit down with their patient and go over a 2 page disclaimer explaining why they shouldn’t have the surgery – with full understanding that they will probably be worse of after the procedure.

Doesn’t it make more sense to try to address it non-surgically? Most of our patients are able to avoid surgery with our care and return to normal functional lives. Watch below to see why.