Have you ever undergone spinal fusion surgery, and you feel like you need a chiropractic adjustment? Well, you must know that there are some risks. Complications such as back pain or nerve damage can occur during the procedure. However, with the proper precautions and chiropractor selection, these complications are extremely avoidable.
It is also important to note that any pre-existing conditions may worsen following the chiropractic adjustment and surgery. One way to lessen this risk is by discussing your medical history with your physician before undergoing any treatment plan.
At DeBole Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Rehab, we understand your concern. Our chiropractors will perform a thorough assessment to evaluate your condition before moving on to any adjustment. We acknowledge your fear. Thus, we strive to provide safe and effective chiropractic adjustments, even after spinal fusion surgery.
What is Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic manipulation is the application of pressure to a person’s spine or other parts of their body by a qualified chiropractor, Dr. Mike DeBole, that allows for alignment corrections and pain relief.
Chiropractic adjustment has shown positive results in addressing several cases to reduce back pain and improve the range of motion of the arms and legs. During an adjustment, the spinal vertebrae of a person are adjusted through gentle force against muscles and joints. The chiropractors will manipulate your spine using their hands. While exercise routine and physical therapy work to alleviate back pain, spinal adjustments provide stability and correct misalignments. This therapy targets the source of the pain and does not merely cure the symptoms.
Historically, chiropractors believed that a misaligned spinal column could cause disease. This was thought to happen via the central nervous system and something called innate knowledge. The theory ignited numerous arguments and questions worldwide as there is no evidence of it being factual. Even some medical professionals say they are not convinced of the concept.
As time passes, people who received chiropractic adjustment claimed that they do not experience back pain anymore. Several studies showed that a chiropractic adjustment is also effective in addressing migraines and headaches.
What is Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Spinal fusion can be a great alternative for those with chronic back pain. When you undergo spinal surgery, your surgeon will place bone or bonelike material within the space between two vertebrae to eliminate motion and promote the healing of broken bones. Metal plates, screws, and rods may also be used to hold together this newly formed one solid unit.
Spinal fusion is an effective treatment for fractures, deformities, or instability in the spine. However, study results vary when the source of the back pain is undetermined. In many cases, spinal fusions and nonsurgical treatments produce similar outcomes concerning non-specific back problems.
Is It Safe to Have Chiropractic Adjustment After a Surgery?
There are many misconceptions about what type of people can get chiropractic care. It's often thought that only those who have had neck or back surgery should go to a chiropractor, but this is not always the case. The truth is most patients with these conditions need even more precise treatment than anyone else.
Chiropractic is very inherently safe. Dr. Mike DeBole uses diverse tools, techniques, and medical advancements to understand the structure and function of your body. DeBole Chiropractic takes patients who have previously undergone neck or back surgery. Hence, we utilize low-dose digital x-ray with our gentle adjustment techniques that make any desired changes.
Using digital imaging allows us to know the exact condition of your apply. From then, our chiropractors will develop chiropractic care and apply gentle techniques to address your problem. We often find a solution for you to steer away from surgical and pharmacological interventions as much as possible. Dr. DeBole wants you to live comfortably as soon as possible.
When a person has spinal surgery, they can experience changes in how their spine moves. For instance, in spinal fusion surgery, the surgeon will place a bone-like material and structure in between vertebrae. Thus, altering your bone structure and motion.
Long-term poor mechanics will lead to uneven wear on areas like vertebrae and discs. This may result in complications, such as degeneration of these parts of your body. To prevent this, chiropractic care could help maintain integrity when you are going through recovery following an operation, as well.
It is essential to allow the body enough time for recovery and healing before undergoing a spinal or regenerative procedure. If you do not, problems are likely to ensue. For example, your spine could be reinjured during an adjustment performed by a chiropractor if they don't know about any alternative treatments that might also help you heal. Fortunately, Dr. DeBole has the expertise and plenty of experience in performing spinal adjustments and dealing with appropriate chiropractic care.
It is advised that you wait up to six months before seeking alternative treatment modalities, including chiropractic care. However, speaking with your physician about this option will ensure they're aware of your interest in spinal manipulation. The most important thing you can do for yourself right now is research how long people should wait after a fall or injury before undergoing such procedures.
How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help?
When rods are inserted for a fusion procedure, it is unsafe to place any force on the site of surgery. We use digital imaging to see and assess the area where the operation is performed, including the nearby spots of the surgical incision. A thorough evaluation will guide our chiropractors to determine how much pressure your body can take. Then, they can understand how gentle and moderate the spinal adjustment should be and which parts of your back should be avoided. An improper chiropractic adjustment will do more harm than good. You must know that the chiropractor handling you is an expert and a highly skilled individual to receive the best care possible.
Chiropractic care can help your body to return from harmful stress. Surgeries brought stress to your body. Thus, the need for appropriate therapies and healing time is significant. A chiropractic adjustment is beneficial to alleviate the stress from the muscles, upper back, and shoulders after surgery. Not only it improves the healing process, but it also reduces the time it needs to get back in motion.
Studies Supporting Chiropractic Adjustment After Spinal Fusion Surgery
Results from a recent study show that chiropractic treatment can be beneficial for patients with spine pain. Patients in the 3 case studies showed significant improvement after receiving spinal manipulation/mobilization treatments without any serious adverse effects.
Lumbar fusion surgery can be an effective procedure to treat chronic pain. Still, many patients continue to experience significant amounts of back problems. The study discusses the indications for fusion, common surgical practice, potential complications, and relevant published chiropractic literature. This review reported 10 cases where chiropractic manipulation and other methods were used successfully in the treatment post-fusion lumbar pain for these ten people who underwent lumbar spine surgery without relief from their symptoms after two years or more. A chiropractor may have a role in helping patients experiencing back pain who’ve undergone spinal fusion surgeries because they can provide relief to those suffering from post-surgery issues such as nerve damage or infection which causes chronic pain after undergoing these procedures.
At DeBole Chiropractic, we provide chiropractic treatments for a range of health conditions. Whether you're suffering from chronic pain, headaches, or scoliosis, our experts are here to help.
Explore our website and learn about the benefits that come with chiropractic care, such as increased relaxation and improved posture - all while improving your overall well-being. We invite you to book an appointment today, so we can start helping improve your life through better alignment in no time at all.