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April 19, 2018 Back Surgery

No matter what kind of surgery you get, there will be a risk of something going wrong. You’re willing to take that risk because you believe it’s worth the opportunity to fix a serious issue that’s been causing you a lot of pain and health issues.

Complications from back surgery are especially worrisome because the spinal cord is such an important part of your body’s functionality.

If you’re having ongoing pain after undergoing spinal surgery, you could be experiencing some of the common complications from back surgery.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the possible complications you could be dealing with.

3 Complications From Back Surgery

The origin of issues with the back and spinal cord can be difficult to pinpoint without the help of a doctor, but here are three common back surgery complications you could be experiencing.

1. Infection

As with any surgery, there is always the risk of infection because you are working with open wounds and bacteria can easily get into your bloodstream. To prevent infections, antibiotics are often prescribed before you undergo surgery. However, infections can still occur in a small number of back surgeries.

If the incision wound looks abnormal and does not seem to be healing, but rather getting worse, you may have an infection. If it’s only an external infection, this can be easily treated with antibiotics.

If you experience symptoms like fever, chills, and increasing back pain, you may have a more severe infection. If the infection spreads into your spinal cord, this is much more dangerous and may require an operation to drain the fluids. Call a doctor immediately if you believe you have an infection.

2. Dural Tear

There is a sac of membrane tissue that covers the spinal cord called dura mater. If surgery is being performed on the spine, it is quite common for dural tears to occur. Usually, the surgeon will notice the tear during surgery and fix the issue right away. But sometimes, these tears can go unnoticed, leading to complications later on.

If you have a dural tear, fluid will leak from the membrane sac and cause spinal headaches and potentially lead to infection. Typically, the leaking fluid will seal the tear on its own. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to go back in for another operation to have it re-sealed.

3. Nerve Injury

When performing surgery on the spine, the biggest complication that can occur is damaging the nerves. The nerves in the spine are so important to our body’s functionality, which is why nerve damage can lead to paralysis.

Nerve damage is common in back surgeries and can occur from bruising or accidental scalpel cuts.

If you’re experiencing numbness, tingling, difficulty walking, or neuropathic pain, these are some of the signs you’ve experienced nerve damage from your surgery. Nerves can and usually will repair itself, but it may take a long time. If the nerve does not repair itself, then the nerve damage may be permanent.

For More Information

If you are having ongoing issues after getting back surgery, call your doctor to find out exactly what it is. Spinal issues are complicated and can be dangerous and harmful if not treated right away.

If you have any more questions about common complications from back surgery or would like to avoid back surgery, please contact us today.


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There’s nothing left but to live with the pain. That’s how you might feel, and possibly what you’ve been told, after failed spinal stenosis surgery.

You’ve tried absolutely everything. But what if we were to tell you that there is a solution for chronic pain relief, even after surgery?

Imagine a life with no more shots. No more painful epidural treatments. Your life doesn’t revolve around doctors’ appointments and alternative healing treatments.

An end to your discomfort and pain… an alternative spinal stenosis treatment, called the DRS Protocol. DRS has helped thousands of patients in The Villages community, Ocala, and surrounding areas and has an 89% success rate compared to a 47% success rate for surgeries including spinal fusion.

If you’re ready to leave chronic back and neck pain behind forever, read on to discover the benefits of this state of the art treatment.

Finally, a drug-free treatment to relieve your chronic back pain.

Patients with chronic back pain who have undergone failed spinal stenosis treatment and surgery often turn to pain-relieving medications for relief. However, his tendency to turn to medications can often lead to side effects and addictions.

With DRS Protocol treatment, patients are finally provided with an alternative to healing their chronic pain. Gone are the days of steroid shots and invasive epidural treatments. This non-invasive treatment is free from medications, allowing you to continue living your life and partaking in daily activities.

How is this spinal stenosis treatment different?

DRS Protocol treatment utilizes the principals of decompression, reduction, and stabilization in order to reduce the pressure between damaged or herniated discs.

This release allows oxygen and blood to flow, resulting in…

  • Creating much-needed space between the discs in your back.
  • Relieving the pressure on pinched nerves, often the culprits of chronic back pain.

While spinal stenosis surgery often involves painful dissections, spinal fusions, and long recovery periods, DRS Protocol treatment is a non-surgical procedure that has helped relieve chronic pain conditions of thousands of patients.

DRS Protocol treatment is scientifically proven to improve chronic back pain.

After enough spinal stenosis treatments, it’s easy to lose hope. You’ve tried the alternatives, such as acupressure, yoga and physical therapy. You might resign yourself to living with the discomfort or even give in to painful and unnecessary spinal stenosis surgery, which has no guarantee of healing chronic pain.

DRS Protocol treatment is different. With this advanced, noninvasive technology, you no longer have to live with the pain. DRS Protocol treatment can help provide the relief from chronic back pain you’ve been searching for. Widely studied, the results speak for themselves.

Patients with chronic back pain, including degenerative or herniated disc disease have reported significant reductions and complete eradication of chronic back pain after receiving DRS Protocol treatment.

In a Department of Health study, over 80% of patients reported an over 50% improvement in their chronic back pain as compared to 52% utilizing a TENS or traction treatment.

Are you a candidate?

If you’re experiencing any chronic back pain, including pain stemming from failed spinal stenosis surgery, herniated or bulging discs, or facet syndrome, you might be a candidate for DRS Protocol treatment.

You’ve tried it all, except this revolutionary spinal stenosis treatment. Now is the time to take back control of your health and end chronic back pain for good.

Start by taking this self-test, then contact our office at (352) 430-2121. You are one step closer to living without chronic back pain.



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Finding a Successful Alternative to Surgery

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may have tried everything to relieve the pain. You might have even been told that surgery is the only option. However, surgery is not the only treatment for back pain. Many patients have found relief with the DRS Protocol — a successful, alternative to back surgery for herniated discs, degenerative discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis and other back pain conditions.

Back Surgery

Surgery is expensive, risky, invasive, and typically involves a lengthy rehabilitation process. And, after going through this painful procedure, there are no guarantees that you’ll get relief from your pain.

Patients who have undergone back surgery report only a slight drop in pain after surgery. The need for additional surgeries is typical within 2-3 years as pain returns. Due to these factors, along with the risk of complications that can arise due to spine surgery, many patients are seeking non-surgical treatments to relieve their pain.

Non-Surgical Back Pain Relief

Fortunately, there is a non-surgical back pain treatment that has proven to be effective in the fight against chronic pain. The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages® community has helped thousands of patients successfully relieve their back pain with the DRS Protocol™ and is one of only a handful of chiropractic clinics in the United States that has been certified to use the highly successful, treatment.

What is the DRS Protocol?

The DRS Protocol™ is a non-surgical, drug-free treatment that has been proven to reduce back pain and neck pain using completely safe, all-natural methods.

The DRS Protocol™ incorporates spinal decompression as well as multiple treatment protocols specific to each patient’s condition to remove pressure from the disc, promote the intake of water, oxygen, and nutrients to rehydrate the affected disc, and increase mobility and tissue healing while relieving the pain.

The DRS Protocol is an amazingly effective treatment that attacks the root of the problem instead of masking the problem. No surgery. No painkillers. Just results.

Are you a Candidate for the DRS Protocol?

The DRS Protocol™ is a versatile therapy for neck or back pain that promotes healing in a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Discs
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Failed Back Surgery Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, find out if you’re a candidate treatment.

Non-Surgical Back Pain Relief  in The Villages® Community

If you suffer from back or neck pain and would like to find a safe, successful alternative to surgery, we can help. Give the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic a call today at (352) 430-2121 or schedule an appointment online.



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Best Treatment for a Herniated Disc

According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain – which affects 70-85 percent of all people at some point in their lives – is the 5th most common reason for doctor’s visits and contributes to more than $50 billion in annual spending in the U.S. alone.

A Common Cause of Back Pain

A very common cause of back pain can be attributed to a herniated disc, which occurs when the rubbery cushion (disc) between two spinal vertebrae bulges outside of the spinal column and irritates the surrounding nerves.

The pain associated with herniated discs can be severe and can significantly impact the lives of people who suffer from this medical condition. With many treatment options available – some being much riskier and costlier than others – patients often find themselves overwhelmed when beginning a back pain diagnosis and treatment plan.

Herniated Disc Treatment

The most common herniated disc treatment options include:

  • Pain medication
  • Heat/ice application
  • Manual manipulation/Chiropractic Care
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Exercise/physical therapy
  • Spinal decompression / DRS Protocol
  • Spinal injections
  • Spinal surgery

Typical treatment for a herniated disc involves pain management therapy, however, many patients experience chronic low back pain that can last for months or years and they require more active treatment options to prevent long-term pain, disability, and drug dependence.

Risks of Back Surgery

When standard pain management treatment fails and active treatment is required, many doctors recommend spinal surgery to repair a herniated disc. However, the risks associated with back surgery can sometimes outweigh the benefits. According to spine-health.org, though rare, some of the risks and complications of back surgery include:

  • Dural tear (cerebrospinal fluid leak) – this occurs in 1% to 2% of these surgeries, does not change the results of surgery, but post-operatively the patient may be asked to lay recumbent for one to two days to allow the leak to seal.
  • Nerve root damage
  • Bowel/bladder incontinence
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

In addition to the surgical complication risks, spinal surgery for herniated disc repair can also result in 6 weeks or more of restricted activity, missed work, and high medical costs that can put patients into debt. As with any treatment, there is no guarantee of success with spinal surgery. 5-10% of patients will develop a herniated disc recurrence within 3 months of surgery, according to spine-health.org.

Non-surgical Herniated Disc Treatment

The risks and costs associated with back surgery have left many patients looking to alternative, less invasive treatment options for their back pain. The DRS Protocol™ which utilizes spinal decompression and other therapies customized for each patient, has become an increasingly popular treatment for back pain associated with a herniated disc as this method requires no surgery, no addictive medications, is virtually pain-free, and has a high rate of success in significantly reducing or even eliminating back pain with outpatient treatment.

“I was in so much pain in my lower back and legs when I first came to Davis Clinic of Chiropractic for treatments in May. I had difficulty walking and bending over. After a few weeks the improvement was incredible.” – Gwendalyn

 

The DRS Protocol™

The DRS Protocol™ (DRS stands for Decompression, Reduction, Stabilization) is described by Dr. Richard E. Busch III, Fort Wayne chiropractor and developer of the DRS Protocol™, as a non-invasive combination of spinal decompression, chiropractic manipulation, nutritional therapy, targeted exercise, and the mind-body relationship where each patient is self-assessed and treated individually to ensure optimal results.

The DRS Protocol has helped thousands of herniated disc patients regain active and pain-free lifestyles and is rapidly becoming a widely accepted alternative back pain treatment option. The non-surgical, drug-free, and pain-free DRS Protocol treatment is available in Central Florida only at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic The Villages, Florida.

Pain Relief in The Villages, FL

For relief of your back or neck pain, call Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today at (352) 430-2121 to find out more about the treatment options available and schedule an appointment today!

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