Percentage of Back Injuries that Require Surgery

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 What percentage of back injuries do you think require surgery?
 
I think the answer might surprise you.
 
Because it’s in incredibly low.
 
Only around 5% of all back injuries actually require surgery.
 
In this week’s post I’ve highlighted a 29 year old woman who was experiencing low back pain and sciatica (numbness into her leg).
 
A MRI of her low back (Figure A) confirmed that she had a disc herniation at the L4-L5 level (between the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae).
 
Disc herniations are a type of back injury that most think requires surgery.
 
But they don’t…
 
This patient opted for a conservative approach (what we do here at DSM Spine+Sport).
 
A MRI of her low back 5 months later (Figure B) showed that the disc herniation had resolved!
 
Back Injuries resolves without surgery

Resolution of Disc Herniation without Surgery

 

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Dr. Brooks Newton
Dr. Brooks Newton

Dr. Brooks Newton is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a CrossFit Mobility Trainer. He specializes in the treatment of orthopedic and sport injuries which has lead him to work with athletes from the ranging from the NFL, NHL, Crossfit Games, NCAA Div I, II, and III, and the Chinese Olympic Teams.

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