Dr. Arnold Weil, M.D., the clinical assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University, a prominent school of medicine in Atlanta, GA, is quoted in the July/August 2011 issue of AARP magazine as follows: “Probably less than five percent of all back pain requires surgery.”
This is why back surgery is listed as one of the “Four Surgeries to Avoid” by the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP. Specifically, the article advises you to avoid surgery known as “Complex Spinal Fusion for Stenosis.” Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine, which puts pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through your spine. This occurs most often in the neck and lower back.
The article summarizes the research of Richard Deyo, M. D., a professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Deyo studied 30,000 medical records of patients who had surgery for spinal stenosis and concluded those who had fusion surgery seemed to find no more relief from chronic back pain that those who had much less invasive procedures. Many experts have pointed out the high failure rate of back surgery. When you fuse vertebrae, more stress is put on adjacent vertebrae. Eventually, you’re right back where you started.
So, if according to the AARP, fewer than five percent of back pain sufferers require back surgery, what less invasive procedures are available? Doctor Jason Davis, DC, of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, has had tremendous success with a process called the DRS Protocol™. According to Dr. Davis, “DRS™ is non-surgical, drug free and pain-free. You can actually start feeling better after only a few treatments.”
Dr. Davis is only one of a handful of doctors in the country who has been trained on the DRS Protocols™, and regularly uses them in his practice in The Villages, FL. DRS™ will work for low back pain, as well as for neck pain.