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Posted on 09-30-2015
Minimally Invasive? Choose Non-Invasive!
As I drive around the greater Cincinnati region, I am impressed by the advertising bill boards of hospitals and spinal surgical groups advertising "minimally invasive" surgery for low back pain. This is the new buzz-word for spinal intervention, but according to the research, no form of minimally invasive surgery has been proven to be clearly superior to more conventional open surgical techniques. As a matter of fact, there are studies that show, minimally invasive procedures have a higher risk in some instances of spinal surgery, because of limited access to the surgical site. Surgery is still surgery and carries more risk and complications than non-invasive or conservative management of spinal conditions. So, please be informed and please be careful of the marketing strategies that may affect your decision regarding proper and appropriate treatment options for your spine.
Current treatment guidelines published by The Cleveland Clinic recommend spinal manipulation as one of the four first line strategies for low back pain. The other three include: education, medication and self-care activity. By the way, spinal manipulation is recommended as a first line intervention by several other medical institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment of low back pain.
Spinal manipulation is safe, effective, well researched and non-invasive! Choose wisely. Choose the non-invasive approach to low back pain. Choose spinal manipulation.