Figuring out the cause of your pain is different from finding out what is structurally wrong with your back. As a Chiropractor in Bedfordview I have seen too often in my practice how people have been diagnosed with a degenerating disc on MRI, and it is not the actual cause of their back or leg pain. This misdiagnosis of back pain is the number one reason for failed back surgery. As a patient, one should always go to a primary care specialist, such as a Chiropractor, who can guide you with initial treatment options. If, while following this course of action, your back pain persists, the Chiropractor will refer you to a specialist.
Before making a decision to undergo back surgery, please consider the following:
1.) MRI results are not necessarily the diagnosis – MRI scans should confirm a suspected diagnosis (sometimes a person has no back pain, but they have MRI scans showing a degenerated disc).
2.) Spine surgery should never be a guess – the spine surgeon should know exactly where and what is causing your pain prior to surgery.
3.) If you undergo back surgery, the actual procedure is not the end. Weeks of rehabilitation and strengthening exercises should follow surgery.
It is very important to educate yourself on your own condition and to make an informed decision regarding the path of treatment you would like to follow.
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After having over a decade of experience as a Chiropractor, Dr Young has gained much knowledge through her interaction with patients and post-graduate learning course. As she uncovers new and exciting developments in the alternative healthcare field, she loves to share her passion and knowledge with her readers.