There are many other treatment options for back pain
1. Medications: Some drugs lead to prolonged use and they tend to cover up the underlying problem with a wide variety of damaging side effects.
2. Epidural injections: These are invasive and any results, in most cases, are only temporary, lasting from a few days to a few months.
3. Surgery: According to the 2002 Johns Hopkins White Paper on Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis by John P. Kostulk, M.D. and Simeon Margolis, M.D., PhD., surgery “is not the treatment of choice for most people with back pain.” The report goes on to say “fewer than 5% of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery.” “Surgery ought to be used when all other measures have been explored and if it appears that there is a strong probability that it will improve the condition.”
Although there have been advancements in spinal surgery, outcomes can be unpredictable. Failed-back surgery/post-operative pain syndrome is a troubling reality from surgical intervention. Less than 1 out of 4 disc surgeries are successful after 5 years, and there is increased risk that additional surgery will be needed (17-20%). Other risks that also need to be considered include the side effects from anesthesia, infection, bleeding, nerve disruption and instability of the spinal column.
The bottom line is that Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe and effective approach to disc healing and back pain relief that you may want to try before considering drugs or surgery. Our Seattle back pain experts are there with you through every step of your recovery.