Considering Surgery for neck or back pain?

Debilitating pain can and does stop your life. Since 2008 we have been helping people in the Portland, ME area overcome the distress of disc injuries.  Our caring attitude goes way beyond bringing people out of crisis.  We are here for the long haul our goal in working with our clients is to provide the support that brings practice members to optimal health vitality and function.

The spine and nervous system are the lifeline of the body.  Serious damage to these critical structures such as a herniated or bulging disc has a tremendous impact on a persons ability to perform basic activities of daily living not to mention to be their best and perform at an optimal level.

I encourage you to check out why we use the system we do and look into the research and history of spinal decompression.  Investing in your health, in our opinion is the most important investment you will ever make.  If you like what you see here and feel like it may be a good match, give us a call and we will sit down with you to see if we can help.

We are located in Falmouth, ME and offer spinal decompression treatment to patients in the greater Portland area.

Facts:

  • 85% of the US population suffers from back or neck pain at some point in their lives.
  • Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old.
  • Back pain is the third leading cause of disability in people over 45 years of age.
  • More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion* each year on back pain-and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
  • Back pain is the second most common reason for seeing a doctor in the US, following coughs and other respiratory infections.
  • Back pain is the third most common reason for surgery.
  • Failed back surgery syndrome is seen in 10-40% of patients who undergo back surgery. It is characterized by intractable pain and varying degrees of functional incapacitation occurring after spine surgery. More risks include infection, nerve damage, deterioration of health and post operative complications.
  • Fewer than 5% of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery.
  • According to a recent article in the USA TODAY, “The U.S. health care system spends about as much each year on spine problems as it does on cancer.”

References:

  1. 1. Orthopedic Clinics of North America, Volume 35, Issue I, Pages 1-5 S. Pai, L. Sundaram
  2. 2. Bigos S, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. Rockville, MD: U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, AHCPR Pub. No. 95-0642, Dec. 1994.Eyerman, Edward MD. Journal of Neuroimaging. June 1998
  3. 3. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD, Summer 1994.
  4. 4. John P. Kostuik, MD, and Simeon Margolis, MD, Ph.D. Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis. The John Hopkins White Paper on Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis, 2002.
  5. 5. see article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-12-back-pain_N.htm