Wishing away your Spine / Discs?
Have you wanted to just replace your discs to get relief? Is the pain that bad? For many neck pain and back pain sufferers, it is. They want to try anything to get rid of the pain. Chiropractic Care understands and takes a conservative, non-operative approach to neck and back pain relief. Dr. Ralph Kruse knows to carefully monitor our spine pain patients for appropriate milestones in their pain relief journey. If those don't come as expected, we know how to get you to the next healthcare step be that more imaging or a neurosurgical or orthopedic consultation. For over 25 years, the journey to back pain and/or neck pain relief starts at Chiropractic Care for many thousands of people.
Let's look at the idea of replacing a faulty part. This often works well for a broken car or bicycle, but for the human body, things don't always work the way they should. The practice of replacements for knees and hips has worked out pretty well with a longer history to track how patients do. With newer replacement parts, like a new spine artificial disc, the history is just unfolding.
A new paper reports that despite their use for nearly 10 years, artificial discs for the cervical spine are not effectively proven. This reports' researchers share that few of the follow up studies collect data beyond 2 years despite the fact that there have been so many replacements performed. On a positive note, researchers share that the implants do preserve neck mobility for a while. On a less positive note, the ability of artificial discs to prevent adjacent segment disease is not proven. Plus, the cost effectiveness is also not established to be better than other approaches.
What is this "adjacent segment disease" that these artificial disc reports mention? It's a term referring to potential complication of spinal fusion or disc replacement: disc degeneration at the disc level above or below a replaced disc or spinal fusion. For example, if your spine is fused from L3 to L5, the L2 disc may be placed under
so much stress that it degenerates. Chiropractic Care offers conservative, non-operative care with Cox Technic as the first step in managing spine pain. This care addresses the affected, pain-originating spinal segment in hopes of sparing the adjacent segments.
Cox Flexion Distraction has been shown to be beneficial for patients already having undergone spinal surgery. Chiropractic Care offers its use of the research-documented and evidence-based Cox Technic. Why? It is safe, clinically effective, gentle, and doesn't harm the adjacent segments. Chiropractic Care's comprehensive examination leads to an individualized treatment plan just for you.
Try Chiropractic Care's approach to back pain and neck pain relief before surgery...or after if you find yourself with continued neck pain and/or arm pain. Chiropractic Care confidently offers its treatment plan for neck pain relief for back and neck pain patient's pre or post-surgery.
At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices. Dr. Ralph A. Kruse
, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.