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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Versus Spinal Surgery: What’s the Difference?

By : on : October 15, 2019 comments : (Comments Off on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Versus Spinal Surgery: What’s the Difference?)

Many people who live with spinal pain due to injury, abnormalities, or disorders suffer in silence because they’re unable or unwilling to undergo invasive spinal surgery. There are risks and benefits to each form of treatment, but many people assume that surgery is the only option that offers long-term relief.

What they don’t know is that many people who undergo spinal surgery will eventually require a second surgery. Fortunately, there are other forms of care, like chiropractic treatments using the Blair Technique, that can offer permanent relief.

The Blair Technique focuses on the upper cervical spine, where the spine meets the base of the skull. Instead of operating on the parts of the spine that are damaged or strained, upper cervical chiropractic care re-stabilizes those areas and makes adjustments that relieve stress from the delicate spinal structures. Upper cervical chiropractic care using the Blair Technique is ideal for someone who is considering spinal surgery due to spinal degeneration, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or any other spinal injury.

The Effects of Spinal Surgery

One reason why many patients choose upper cervical chiropractic care over spinal surgery is because of the short and long-term effects of invasive spinal surgery. For patients with any kind of misalignment or instability, surgery begins with an incision followed by the dissection of muscle tissue and could involve the insertion of screws or other devices used to stabilize the spine.

Anesthesia is necessary, and most surgeries that aren’t guided by real-time imaging require x-rays, which exposes the patient to radiation. More invasive surgeries require larger incisions, and more muscle dissection, which can cause intense back pain and blood loss.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Treat Patients Who Might Need Spinal Surgery

Since the effects of spinal surgery are so invasive and can take days, weeks, or even months to recover from, many patients look for alternative forms of treatment. Upper cervical chiropractic care uses gentle, specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine, which can improve degenerative spinal disorders. X-rays taken before treatment guide your chiropractor so he or she can make minute and precise corrections.

These x-rays are taken with a special head clamp, which allows your chiropractor to obtain a very precise reading of exactly what’s going on in that area. He or she will also use a heat reading instrument to determine whether an adjustment is necessary.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Arizona  Treats Spinal Issues

If you’re suffering from painful, ongoing spinal issues that you’ve been told require surgery, consult with Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Arizona first. You may find that chiropractic care minimizes your pain and improves conditions that would otherwise require surgery.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Arizona specializes in severe spinal issues that would otherwise require surgery? Dr. Anthony Montoya is proud to operate the only Phoenix chiropractic clinic that uses the Blair Technique. He has helped many patients overcome painful and ongoing spinal conditions. Contact Dr. Montoya today to get a consultation, and see whether upper cervical chiropractic care is right for your condition.

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