Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Treats the Patient Not the MRI03/19/2019Why do patients opt for back surgery? Pain. What conditions do they suffer with most that leads them to back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis. What symptoms do they want to get rid of? Butt pain. Leg pain. Back pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here as your first stop to avoid back surgery or, for some, the last stop. For many back-related-pain patients, Fort Wayne chiropractic care does the trick and helps them avoid back surgery. BACK PAIN SYMPTOMS Back pain patients report all types of painful and irritating symptoms: leg pain, numb toe(s), painful thighs, gluteal pain. (The adage that something is a “pain in the butt” is a preceise description of some back pain patients’ pain! It is a more radicular source than degenerative change of facet joints. (1)) And lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common cause for back surgery for US adults. A research study of stenosis patients who have endured at least 3 years of pain revealed that manual therapy and individualized exercise excelled in helping the most patients get greater than 30% improvement in symptoms and 20% in function. (2) Our use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management aims for at least 50% relief in 30 days with many patients finding 60%, 70%, 80% and 90% quicker than that! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc recognizes that there are Fort Wayne back pain sufferers who would rejoice at non-surgical relief like that! BACK SURGERY: NECESSITY, COST AND IMAGING Just how many back-pain sufferers with spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis require surgery? 0.8%. This comes from a study of 497,822 patients! The surgeon authors of this paper suggested doing decompression surgery without or with fusion sooner to lower the cost of non-operative treatment. (3) Oh my! The cost of a fusion in 2006 was $40,000 (4) and $80,000 to $100,000 in 2013, making back pain the foremost cause of disability in the world in front of 290 other conditions. (5) [Chiropractic is reported to be just 2.9% of the cost of back pain management. (6)] Over-imaging has added cost to the treatment of back pain: 1 in 4 (25%) of patients who go to a primary care doctors and 1 in 3 (33%) who go to the emergency room got imaging. (7) And how does imaging enhance patient care and clinical outcome? Good question. There is no correlation between MRI findings for stenosis and the severity of pain, quality of life, depression or anxiety. (8, 9) What does boost patient care and clinical outcome? Collaboration between physicians – surgical and non-surgical spine experts – helps chronic back pain patients recover in terms of pain as well as socially and mentally. (10) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc invites such collaboration with you and your healthcare team! Your feeling better is our goal! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Dr. Olding discusses lumbar spinal stenosis care with Cox® Technic that allowed a woman to continue living life her way! Schedule a non-surgical Fort Wayne chiropractic care appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. Physical, mental and emotional pain relief may be eased and back surgery avoided with gentle, safe chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc where patient care revolves around the patient not the MRI! « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."