Considerations of Georgetown Back Surgery for a Herniated Disc

January 22, 2019

The aggravation of Georgetown back pain: It hurts. It disrupts life. It doesn’t always respond to the best-intended care programs: back surgery or conservative. That is the reason Dr. Butwell exists. Dr. Butwell is here to help Georgetown back pain and neck pain patients discover an alternative that works for their Georgetown back pain relief goal.


There are many Georgetown back pain relief plan options! Recent research reveals some fascinating findings. Let us look at opioids and Tylenol for back pain relief. There is no difference in low back pain relief and radicular extremity pain (leg pain sciatica) relief between taking Tylenol and taking powerful opioid drugs. (1) Melatonin protects the intervertebral disc’s nucleus pulposus cells from apoptosis (cell death) and stopped disc degeneration. (2) Melatonin does this. There is hope for disc degeneration’s reversal. And what about this report? Spontaneous resorption of a lumbar herniated disc seen on MRI was seen in all of 9 patients who experienced back pain and sciatic leg pain, refused back surgery, and demonstrated no motor deficit! It took a mean of about 8.7 months. Clinical relief with conservative treatment came about in a mean of just 5.7 weeks. (3) That’s exciting news! The discs resorbed.


What makes a patient pick Georgetown back surgery over other options? The patient’s ideas about the treatment may be based on insufficient information. The time required for a patient to make a decision may be rushed because of scheduling when the patient is one who needs time to really think about the options. The patient’s not wanting to upset the system, disappoint the healthcare provider by rejecting recommended treatment. The patient’s earlier experiences with treatment options as taken by relatives or friends and the resulting good or bad outcomes. Choosing back surgery or a non-surgical treatment plan for low back and/or leg pain due to a disc herniation is a big, complex decision. (4) It’s a decision-making process Dr. Butwell understands well, that Dr. Butwell has helped many Georgetown chiropractic patients to make. Dr. Butwell sees each patient as an individual case with many outside influencing factors. Equipped with knowledge of the spine, of disc conditions, of the research-supported treatment options with pleasing clinical outcomes, Dr. Butwell can help with that decision process, establish a treatment plan with goals that, should they not be met as anticipated, keeps the back surgery option available should it be necessary. Take time to make a decision on Georgetown back surgery for Georgetown back and leg pain due to disc herniation. It is an important decision! Dr. Butwell has helped may Georgetown back pain patients with Cox Technic to avoid back surgery.

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. James Cox as he discusses more about the decision to proceed with back surgery or not on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson.

Schedule your Georgetown chiropractic appointment today for a Georgetown back pain relief discussion of Georgetown surgical and non-surgical options. Dr. Butwell knows the annoyance of back pain and is here to help you know the options for its relief. Dr. Butwell is your partner in Georgetown back pain relief no matter the road you choose.

Georgetown back surgery for a disc herniation is an option to be carefully studied before a decision is made to proceed.