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  • Writer's pictureAdam Whatley

Want to avoid spinal surgery? Here’s some easy to follow guildlines from Dynamic Osteopaths, Birming

Nobody wants to go undergo any surgery, especially if that surgery involves delicate structures, like your spine. Although some conditions are best treated with a surgical operation, the vast majority will respond to preventative measures and conservative care. Here at Dynamic Osteopaths in Solihull and Birmingham, it is one of our primary duties to Work conservatively with patients and to avoid surgery as best as possible. So if you want to avoid spinal surgery, consider these tips. 

Avoiding Spinal Surgery Always take on board advice when it comes to your back condition, but these tips can help keep back pain at bay and keep you away from the knife. Exercise. Most people think that rest and activity restriction are the best ways to care for back pain, and while these methods can help prevent you from overstressing your back, exercise can actually strengthen structures and muscles groups in the area. Additionally, exercise gets the blood pumping, helping to deliver oxygenated blood to the area. If normal exercise is too taxing on your spine, consider aqua aerobics to take pressure off your spine. But the take-home Message is to understand that our spines like movement and fiction. Restriction of this will inevitably lead to degenerative changes and long-term problems. Diet/Weight Loss. A healthy diet also plays a big role in the health of your spine. Junk food or foods that are high in sugar or fat can contribute to the development of inflammation in your spine, which can lead to pain or compression in the area. A healthy diet will also help you maintain a healthy weight, which ensures you aren’t overstressing your spine. Take-home message – keep your foods high in anti-inflammatory properties example, Fis oils. Avoid processed junk food. Here at Dynamic Osteopaths we can help this. 

Physical Rehabilitation Therapy. Physical therapy is similar to exercise in that it promotes muscle development, but physical therapy specifically targets the problem area(s) of your back, Hence the term rehabilitation. Physical therapy is great for conditions like instability, poor posture, problems with your discs or sciatica pain, because it works to relieve compression or pressure in the area. Talk to your osteopath about specific physical rehabilitation therapy exercises you should begin for your condition, and don’t just do them during your session at the clinic. Make time to perform some low-impact physical therapy exercises each day. This being said, it is important to knowledge that certain exercises can increase and exacerbate pain. Here we can provide you with further advice on the correct exercises for rehabilitation of your problem. Injections. Unlike the firs options, injections aren’t something you can do on your own to help your back condition. That being said, injections can be very helpful at calming pain from an irritated or compressed nerve, By reducing inflammation around irritated structures. There are a number of different pain injections available, so you’ll want to consult with a spine specialist and determine exactly what’s causing your pain before moving forward with an injection, example a spine MRI. Although they won’t provide full relief, corticosteroid injections can provide short-term and some long-term relief depending on the cause of your pain. This being said, it is very important to acknowledge that injections are only a short option to help manage the pain. For a successful outcome – the corrective tips above need to be applied or success will be limited and pain will start to become more chronic. Spinal Manipulation. Often back pain is the result of postural and alignment issues, which inevitably lead to poor function, irritation and inflammation. Osteopaths regulary perform spinal manipulation with routine practice which can be very good to help you correct your spine and avoid an unnecessary surgery. The technique won’t help if you’re dealing with a spinal fracture, but if you have a trapped nerve or a disc alignment issue, careful manipulation in the hands of an experienced professional can do wonders. In most cases, these approaches to reducing back pain require discipline and patience, but the reward can be less pain without surgery! 

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