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Spengel Chiropractic Treats the Patient Not the MRI

Why do patients have back surgery? Pain. What conditions do they suffer with most that leads them to back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis. What symptoms do they want gone? Butt pain. Leg pain. Back pain. Spengel Chiropractic is available as your first stop to avoid back surgery or, for some, the last stop. For many back-related-pain patients, McHenry 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 saying that something is a “pain in the butt” is a preceise description of some back pain patients’ pain! That pain is a more radicular issue than degenerative change of facet joints. (1)) And lumbar spinal stenosis is the most usual cause for back surgery in the US for adults. A study of stenosis patients who have withstood at least 3 years of suffering showed that manual therapy and individualized exercise excelled in helping the most patients receive 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 lots of patients finding 60%, 70%, 80% and 90% quicker than that! Spengel Chiropractic knows McHenry 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 need surgery? 0.8%. This is reported in a study of 497,822 patients! The surgeon authors of this paper recommended 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 leading cause of disability in the world ahead of 290 other conditions. (5) [Chiropractic is reported to be just 2.9% of the expense 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 what does imaging add to 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 improve in terms of pain as well as socially and mentally. (10) Spengel Chiropractic welcomes such collaboration with you and your healthcare team! We want you to feel better!

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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 let a woman continue living life her way!

Schedule a non-surgical McHenry chiropractic care appointment with Spengel Chiropractic today. Physical, mental and emotional pain relief may be eased and back surgery avoided with gentle, safe chiropractic care at Spengel Chiropractic where patient care is based on the patient not the MRI!

 
Spengel Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to non-surgically manage and relieve back pain often without imaging or MRI. 
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