A few weeks ago, a personal training friend of mine referred one of his clients, a high school basketball coach in the area, to come in for a Neuro Therapy session.
Coach had been suffering from a herniated disc for months, and it was limiting his ability to keep up with his players on the court.
It seems that my initial conversations with people who are struggling with a disc condition (bulging, herniated, slipped, degenerative) are always very similar.
9 out of 10 people who approach me with this condition believe it can’t be fixed without surgery (Coach was one of the 9). They’ve been told it’s something they just have to ‘live with’ unless they want to go under the knife (it just so happens that Coach never experienced anymore issues with his bulging disc after 1 Neuro Therapy session, but that’s a story for another day…)
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There’s several studies out there that indicate a non-surgical approach is almost, if not equally, effective to a surgical approach for disc conditions.
Rather than get into whether or not surgery is more effective than a non-surgical approach, I thought I’d give you all of the information needed (risk vs reward) to make a better decision for yourself.
We’ll start with the ‘good news’ or ‘reward’ on surgery-
A 2016 study (1) that compared outcomes for a total of 370 patients determined the following benefits for surgical intervention:
It should be noted that these benefits were only statistically significant in the timeframes given. In other words, there was no difference in pain levels between surgical and non-surgical methods at 12 week, 1 year, and 2 year follow-ups. So, according to this report, the potential reward with surgery is that you might feel a little better 6 weeks after surgery than if you tried a non-surgical approach.
Another important item to note is that the non-surgical approach did help to reduce symptoms, meaning disc conditions can be addressed without surgery.
Now let’s take a look at the risks of herniated disc surgery…
There’s a quick breakdown around the risks and rewards associated with surgery for disc conditions (bulging, herniated, slipped).
You are now armed with more information to make a better decision about what’s right for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out – I always enjoy helping people to better understand their situation.
1) Gugliotta M, da Costa BR, Dabis E, et al. Surgical versus conservative treatment for lumbar disc herniation: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2016;6:e012938. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016- 012938
2) “How Much Does Herniated Disc Surgery Cost? - CostHelper.com.” CostHelper, health.costhelper.com/herniated-disc-surgery.html.
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