|My surgeon said it was worth a try. It wasn't.|
- The rate of spine surgery has continued to rise in spite of evidence that most of it is ineffective. It rose rapidly in the mid-90’s with the introduction of new techniques that improved the fusion rate. However, outcomes haven’t improved. Disability keeps rising. Why? “Let’s try spine surgery”?
Surgery works poorly if it is done for “pain” and the source of it is unclear. There is a widespread belief among most patients and many physicians that if everything else has been tried and failed, then surgery is the next logical step. Nothing could be further from the truth. More
- It is well-documented that disc degeneration, bone spurs, arthritis, bulging discs, and so on are rarely the cause of back pain. So when a fusion is performed for lower back pain (LBP), we really don’t know the source of its arising (3). The success rate of performing a fusion for LBP is less than 30% (4,5). Most people expect a much better outcome, and the resultant disappointment is also problematic for their pain.
|I didn't know there was an alternative!|