Is Chiropractic Safe After Having Neck or Back Surgery?
This is a great question that I get asked often while I am out speaking with people about chiropractic in the Montgomery County, PA community. There is a major misconception that if you have had neck or back surgery, then you can no longer visit a chiropractor for care. This is absolutely not the case though. Actually, most of the time, these people are especially in need of precise chiropractic care.
The misconception stems from the fear that chiropractic care and neck or back adjustments will do harm to the surgically-affected areas. However, chiropractic is very inherently safe. At Radiant Life Chiropractic, we use many tools and technologies to understand the specific structure and function of your body. Especially in cases where patients have previously undergone a neck or back surgery, we utilize low-dose digital x-ray. This allows us to know the exact structure and condition of the spine. We apply very gentle adjusting techniques to make any desired changes. Often, we may stay away from the exact area of the surgery, but we can positively affect the regions above and below.
When you have spinal surgery, the biomechanics of the spine change. The motion will be affected whether something was added, removed, or fused together. Long-term poor mechanics will lead to the uneven wearing down of things such as the vertebrae and discs. Chiropractic can help maintain the integrity of the motion of the segments above and below the surgically-altered area. This may help prevent issues like further degeneration and arthritis.
In a perfect world, we would see people before they got to the point where spinal surgery was an option to see if we could prevent any serious invasive intervention. However, if you are in Hatboro, Warminster, Warrington, or Horsham and have gone through a neck or back surgery, then schedule an appointment to see how we can help you. Unfortunately, many people still experience aches and pains in the neck or back after having surgeries. It is very important to monitor the structure and motion of the spine in someone who has had a previous surgery. Call or book online today, and we look forward to working with you!