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Why Spinal Surgery Doesn’t Solve Back Pain (According to a Spine Surgeon)

This interview is from the Like Mind, Like Body podcast. You can listen to the full interview below, on iTunes or Google Play.


David Hanscom, MD, explains why spine surgery is not the antidote that so many people with chronic back pain seek.

"Here’s why spine surgery has gone awry. We generally don’t know where back pain comes from. And this is where spine surgery, probably 70% of it, should not be done. We do know very clearly that disc degeneration has nothing to do with back pain. So arthritis, bone spurs, bulging discs, herniated discs, ruptured discs… disc degeneration has nothing to do with back pain. Yet we are doing probably 400-500 thousand [spinal] fusions this year for back pain - and that’s why our success rate it 20-25%.

You have to no where the pain is coming from before you do surgery. Back pain is not a structural problem. It’s non-specific, and it’s probably muscular in nature. The problem with muscular pain is that it hurts … just because you can’t see it on a test doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt."

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For more information on Dr. Hanscom and his book, visit his website Back In Control.

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