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Unnecessary Back Surgeries?

A new study found a strong association between what type of provider you first see when you have a back injury and the type of care you ultimately receive. Specifically the study found that “approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”

If you have back pain or a back injury, your first stop should be your doctor of chiropractic. If you require a surgical consultation, they will certainly refer you, but surgery won’t be their first priority.

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2 Responses to “ Unnecessary Back Surgeries? ”

  1. […] by roberrodris I was alerted to a fascinating new study today by Donald Peterson’s The Wellness Report. The study goes something like this:If a low back pain patient goes to see a surgeon first, his […]

  2. Teri Green on at

    Dr. Petersen; you are so correct. I first went to a chiropractor for a lower back issue. He was so kind, diagnosis me with a bulging disc. After a couple of treatments is was so much better. My sister went a different route, she went to an orthopedic back specialist. She had surgery the next week. Needless to say, she is worse off than before she started. She would not listen to me. I count my blessings everyday for my pain free back.

    Teri Green

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