(PRWEB) August 31, 2012
Alta Mesa Chiropractic has been serving the Mesa east valley since 2004. Dr. Michone and her expertise provides communities with alternative solutions for surgery prospect patients; thus greatly reducing unnecessary "corrective" surgery procedures. Dr. Michone is currently offering a free Mesa Chiropractors exam and is targeting alternative solutions for future back surgery patients.
Back surgery, while a good option in rare cases, is not the cure-all that many patients might think it is. Studies have shown that the patients who get back surgery but don’t address their other health issues will get little benefit from the operation, and even those who have little other health issues report little relief in pain and discomfort.
A 2006 study by researchers at Dartmouth Medical College found that other factors – such as depression, smoking, frequent headaches, low education level and having a workers’ compensation claim—had a profound impact on a back surgery patient’s functional abilities. Those same factors had much less an impact on other illnesses, like heart disease or rheumatoid arthritis.
“It’s like Humpty Dumpty,” said co-author of the study, associate professor and director of the Spine Center at Dartmouth Medical College, Dr. William A. Abdu. “You just can’t put them back together again.”
Researchers stressed the importance of treating the whole person and not just an isolated area of the body, and dealing with all the factors before engaging surgery.
Many medical specialists are focused on their area of expertise and are unaware of the other factors impacting a patient’s health and almost never employ any methods to detect them. So, of course they are going to recommend surgery. It’s like the famous saying, “To the man who only has a hammer, everything encountered begins to look like a nail.”
Before taking the drastic step of undergoing back surgery, address all health issues. Stop smoking, lose that extra 20 pounds, get off the couch and exercise. See a chiropractor and see if adjustments and other treatments, along with addressing other health issues, doesn’t bring relief. And back surgeon doesn’t ask about other aspects in life—family, work, mental state—then get a second opinion before going under the knife.