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Thread: PT, not surgery, is a better answer for non-scoliosis-related back pain

  1. #1
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    Jan 2008

    PT, not surgery, is a better answer for non-scoliosis-related back pain

    This is off the subject of scoliosis but reinforces the idea that back surgery and especially fusion is NOT the answer for non-scoliosis-related back pain.

    They do note, however, that surgery is the best solution for certain back pain cases including...

    _Fusions are appropriate for far fewer patients, those with fractures, unstable or slipping spines, curvature of the spine and rare other reasons, Rosen said.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    May 2008

    pushing past the pain

    There is some hopeful news — increasing evidence that more people should try pushing past the pain in aggressive exercise programs. Deyo calls them boot camps for back pain.

    Hmmm.. sounds familiar. Been there done that, and I agree.

    Herniated disks heal on their own over about two years, but surgery for a faster fix is reasonable in good candidates, he said.

    I had 4 herniated discs, verified by ct. Does that mean my heal time would been 8 years, or did I have 4 times the pain? 2 years is a long time.

    Severe sciatica is hard to "push past the pain" I couldn’t go to boot camp on that one....
    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
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    May 2009
    i got relief for worsening sciatica with epidural this really surprised me that it worked, as i've had epidurals for other pain and they did nothing...i'll see how long this relief lasts...guess the doctor who said epidurals work best for nerve related pain was right..


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    Northern California
    I've only scanned the article, but I suspect they didn't look at the long-term outcome of decompressions. A lot of decompressions go on to requiring fusion surgery. The trick, which seems to always be the case when one is talking about the spine, is to select a surgeon who knows in which cases decompressions work, and in which cases no surgery is required, and in which cases fusion is required. Unfortunately, in degenerative cases, there's often an instability that rears its ugly head after a decompression. Also, in degenerative cases, some patients auto-fuse over a period of time. That doesn't mean that everyone should wait a year or two to see if the problem goes away. During that time, radicular problems can become permanent.


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    Sep 2009
    my sister in law has scoliosis and she is treating it with chiropractor care with good success, she is pain free.

    I don't know how severe her scoliosis may be mild or moderate, I can't visually see it...I just know that awhile back she was really hurting and after adjustments she is feeling better.

    My dd doesn't have pain with her scoliosis, occasionally she gets aches from the brace...
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