Benefits of Pre-Back Surgery Georgetown Chiropractic Care and Exercise

March 12, 2019

Before undergoing back surgery, Georgetown back pain sufferers will do well to undergo chiropractic care and exercise. Research keeps documenting the benefit of non-surgical treatment for back pain relief. Dr. Butwell is the chiropractic care office in Georgetown for both!


Self-care is often proposed as first-line treatment for back pain patients. If that does not produce the desired results, adding non-drug therapy for acute low back pain – spinal manipulation – and for chronic or subacute back pain – spinal manipulation, intensive interdisciplinary rehab, exercise, acupuncture, massage, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy - is suggested by medical physician organizations like the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society. (1) Dr. Butwell delivers a gentle, evidence-based spinal manipulation treatment known as Cox® Technic to relieve back pain that may well assist Georgetown back pain sufferers avoid back surgery and manage their back pain more self-sufficiently.


Back pain sufferers want to help themselves as much as possible. Dr. Butwell knows this. Exercise is documented to be positive for non-surgical pain relief for patients with spinal stenosis. (2) The proper form of exercise is key, so we will talk about what’s right for you! Maybe Pilates would be your “thing”. A study of chronic musculoskeletal pain patients who tried a Pilates-based exercise program found that the pain patients better functioned and coped with their pain condition more independently and effectively. They performed better at work, enjoyed hobbies more, were motivated to keep exercising, did more to make do with their own pain conditions independently. These, in turn, motivated them to enjoy a healthier way of life. (3) These benefits came without back surgery.


Researchers established a trial of exercise for back pain patients scheduled for back surgery. They explained the back pain condition to the patients carefully. They established exercise programs for each patient to do. They discovered that back pain patients who underwent this pre-surgery program of description and exercise benefitted in several ways: The back pain sufferers noticed improvement exercising than being inactive while waiting for surgery. The back pain sufferers’ mood improved as they exercised. They had time to reflect on their treatment and lifestyle options. Even patients who didn’t report symptom improvement reacted well to this program as they felt more confident in being able to do some self-management of their pain. (4) These are all beneficial outcomes Georgetown back pain patients discover in their chiropractic care at Dr. Butwell. Control not cure is a reasonable objective when dealing with back pain.

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about helping a patient find pain relief with the Cox® Technic System of Spine Pain Management as he wanted to avoid back surgery.

Schedule your Georgetown chiropractic appointment today. You will find an individualized chiropractic treatment plan that includes Cox® Technic and exercise you find physically possible may well produce the Georgetown back pain relief you want without back surgery.

Dr. Butwell suggests beneficial pre-back surgery chiropractic care and exercise to physically prepare for and possibly avoid back surgery.