While spinal surgery can be necessary, especially in cases of trauma or severe bone, disc and nerve destruction, the vast majority of people with low back pain and/or sciatica may never need it.

Of the thousands of surgical procedures done each year for ruptured discs, medical authorities admit that a large number are unnecessary and useless, with many of those who have back surgery in the same or worse pain after the operation. They have Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). To make matters worse, if surgery is ineffective the first time, a second or third operation often does not help. Even successful operations could cause scar tissue, permanent spinal weakness, distortion and instability.

Can chiropractic prevent back surgery? In a majority of cases the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that many of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too-common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated operations.

Chiropractic could save many thousands of back pain sufferers from unnecessary spinal surgery each year. Anyone with disc problems, especially if they are facing the prospect of spinal surgery should, if possible, get at least one opinion from a doctor of chiropractic before deciding on further care.