A recent article suggests that orthopedics are puzzled by back pain. Considering all of the surgeries done to resolve the disc, and other problems in the lower back, the results have been horrible as well as horribly expensive.
While back pain is one of the most common problems they see in their offices, most of these cases either get sent to physical therapists who often do not help them or get recommended for injections or surgeries that often either do not work or make the patient worse.
Years ago, thousands of disc surgeries were done because they theorized the problem was the disc, leaving hundreds of thousands of patients hopelessly in pain. Many of these same patients were told to be wary of going to a chiropractor, yet, many who did got relief or resolution.
In some areas of the country, there are orthopedic doctors who regularly refer to chiropractors with outstanding results an in one state, the insurance carrier is forcing them to see a chiropractor first, with the results being lower costs and higher satisfaction among patients.
While a small subset of the patient population may require a spinal surgery, most are going to get the best result as the literature currently suggests at a chiropractors office. The general public is slowly recognizing that chiropractors are likely the best first and safest solution for most mechanical back and neck pain.
Getting away from the politics in the American healthcare system, this article referencing a conference outside of the USA is food for thought.
Check out this interesting article. Why aren’t American orthopedic surgeons developing relationships with chiropractors for the benefit of their patients?
Back pain still remains a puzzle for orthopedic doctors
None of us orthopedic surgeons can answer this very important question in spite of our numerous years of practice.
An Orthopedic Consultant, Prof. Olayiwola Giwa, on Wednesday said the problem of back pain ailment still remained a puzzle for orthopedic surgeons.
Giwa, who works with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos, said that they were still facing the challenge of how to cure it.
He spoke at the 2015 Annual Scientific Conference and Workshop organised by the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.
The theme of the conference is: “Back Pain”.
“None of us orthopedic surgeons can answer this very important question in spite of our numerous years of practice.
“We can offer medication, we can offer surgery, but we must be cautious with our surgical approach to managing back pain.”