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Biggest Back Pain Fear: Surgery

September 17, 2023

Biggest Back Pain Fear: Surgery

My goal for patients: get moving again without any pain. That's the key. It's not enough just to make them comfortable, I want them to be strong and fit and enjoy life fully. But that takes a little commitment, and for some, a new way of thinking about pain and movement.

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I had severe back pain for almost two years in college. I remember not being able to put my shoes on, not being able to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk. I had a hard time walking or sitting. I couldn't go to class. I depended on people to bring me my class work so I could do my assignments, study for tests, and pass the class. I had a great friend at the time who was helping me, but it was so hard depending on someone else.

The biggest fear I had was will I need surgery? While complications from back surgery like infections, excess bleeding, nerve or spinal cord damage, paralysis or death happen less than 8% of the time, there are enough back surgeries in the US (half a million annually) to make the number of patients with complications about 40,000 a year.

But what if back surgery doesn’t work? The American Society of Anesthesiologists report on their website that 20-40% of back surgeries fail. 1  That’s what happened to me. After healing from the surgery and getting off pain medications, my back pain returned.  Why? Because the surgeon did not fix the root cause of my pain, which was not anything wrong with my spine, but a musculoskeletal dysfunction in my hips! It wasn’t until I started physical therapy school and one of my instructors began working with me to get more rotation in my hips that my back pain—finally—went away.

We know how to find the root cause of your back pain, whether it’s your hips not rotating like mine were not, or limited motion in your upper spine, or any number of other musculoskeletal dysfunctions.  And we know the exact exercises, movements, stretches or other therapy that will fix the root cause and keep your pain away.

Our hope is to educate and empower you to finally heal your body naturally and avoid medications, injections, and surgery. We can take fear and turn it into action and change how you move forever!

To learn more, request the FREE book, The Truth about Low Back Pain, use this link: https://www.thesuperiortherapy.com/backpainbook/

1See the source article here: https://www.asahq.org/madeforthismoment/preparing-for-surgery/procedures/back-surgery/


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