New Non-Surgical Back Pain Treatment Offers a Healthy Alternative to Back Surgery

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Recent studies have suggested that back surgery may not be necessary for the relief of back pain. Manhattan spinal decompression specialist Dr. Steven Shoshany is pleased to offer a new, non-surgical treatment for herniated discs.

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For anyone considering surgery to get rid of back pain, this is a healthy alternative treatment they may want to consider.

With more and more studies pointing to back surgery as an overused treatment for back pain, Dr. Steven Shoshany (, a Manhattan spinal decompression specialist, is pleased to announce a new non-surgical treatment for back pain sufferers. Spinal decompression is proving to be a great last resort before surgery. The procedure may also help with failed back surgeries.

According to two recent studies in the New England Journal of Medicine, back surgery is often not necessary for back pain and non-surgical treatments can relieve some of the suffering.

Neurosurgeon Wilco C. Peul, MD, head of the spine intervention study group at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, led a study of 283 patients with confirmed cases of severe sciatica. The study found that 95 percent reported recovery after one year, whether or not they had surgery.

“Americans have back surgery twice as much as people in other countries,” said Dr. Shoshany. “1.5 million disc operations are done worldwide each year, but surprisingly many of these operations do not need to happen. Non-surgical treatments have been proven to be just as effective.”

Spinal decompression causes a decompression to the spine that sucks the disc material back into the disc and brings fresh blood flow to the area, while helping with the healing process. An exam and MRI will determine the level of treatment for each patient and Dr. Shoshany said patients are usually back to their daily activities within two to three weeks after treatment.

"What's interesting is that more and more studies point to the fact that back surgery should be a last resort when all other methods have failed," said Dr. Shoshany. “For anyone considering surgery to get rid of back pain, this is a healthy alternative treatment they may want to consider.”

Spinal Decompression is FDA cleared and a well-documented treatment; it is a safe and effective treatment for herniated discs. Visit or for a spinal decompression specialist in Manhattan.


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