FAQ: Can I see a chiropractor if I have had spinal surgery?
Yes! With some modifications and special considerations
Similar to the topic of overall safety in chiropractic, chiropractic care after surgery is taken on a case-by-case basis. Not every patient is the same, and not everyone’s surgical history is the same. Treatment that is appropriate following one person’s surgery is not necessarily safe following a different one. Depending on the procedure performed, often times a chiropractor will need to modify the treatment they render in order to accommodate their patient. During an exam both Dr. Emily and I ask our patients about their entire medical history. Understanding what procedures have been done is imperative for living our best lives, and this is especially true with spinal surgery.
One of most common surgical procedures for the spine, is a spinal fusion. Our spines consist of a long stack of individual bones with nerves that travel between them. In order to maintain the health of the nerves in the spine, two or more bones are sometimes fused together surgically.
The difficulty with a spinal fusion is that following this procedure the bones above and below the fusion have to make up for the lost ability to move. Frequently the wear and tear surrounding this procedure produces additional changes in the spine. This is sometimes termed as “adjacent segment disease”. Many patients in my experience have had spinal fusions previously and were seeking care in order to promote the health of the regions surrounding that surgery. I have also included an article investigating risk factors for adjacent segment disease. It would definitely be prudent to work with a chiropractor following a spinal fusion. The best course of action here is to find a practitioner who is willing to detail the changes in your body from a previous procedure and create unique care for your case.
FAQ: Can chiropractic help with my headaches?
Yes! It’s one of the things we do best.
Hopefully you have never had the experience of a debilitating migraine or a headache stopping you from doing what you love. Headaches in particular are an area of healthcare that most practitioners tend to shy away from. They are difficult to treat due to the fact that much of the clinical diagnosis comes from a subjective recount of the patient’s experience. On top of that there are many different types of headaches. There are two types of headaches that chiropractors can help with in particular and they are:
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by changes in our neck. This makes them difficult to treat because the problem is not necessarily where the pain is felt. Athletes and people with a history of whiplash trauma have been shown to experience this type of headache. Because the cause of the headaches is actually the neck, these types of patients in particular do very well under chiropractic care. Chiropractors are trained in examining the mechanics of the neck. This means many of the patients that I work with tell me that their headaches have significantly improved in both frequency and intensity following chiropractic care.
Migraine headaches are incredibly debilitating. Identifiable by affecting one side of the face, they sometimes show up with additional symptoms like an irritation to light. Many people who suffer from migraines seem to be grasping for answers and remedies. Chiropractic offers a potential avenue for improvement of quality of life. With any of my patients who suffer from migraines it is important to identify the triggers of their headaches, and maintain healthy function of their bodies. This particular subject even has personal family ties for me, as I can think of family members who claim chiropractic has helped give them their life back from insufferable migraines.
I think that a pretty clear theme was present throughout this blog. I am trying to communicate that chiropractic care offers many improvements to quality of life outside of the typically perceived niche of back pain relief. We want to work with our whole community in promoting natural healthcare, even for people who might not think that they have a major problem. It should be noted, Chiropractic care, as well as health care in general, works best when you find a provider that is thorough and respects your values. Furthermore, at Concho Valley Chiropractic our first goal is the be healthcare providers who listen to our patients intently, evaluates them thoroughly, discuss care options, and can help patients determine a game plan that is consistent with their values.