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Things you should Know

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE HAVING SPINAL SURGERY

1.  Did you know that 39% of spinal surgery recipients do not have even minimal improvement? 

This is called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

What is Failed Back Surgery Syndorme (FBSS)?

      Following open spine surgery, whether it is a fusion, laminectomy, or a discectomy patients can experience chronic pain in the back and or the arms or legs. These syndromes are often due to identifiable causes but are termed by surgeons and the medical community to be failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Nearly all open back surgeries include one form of fusion. The true test of whether an open back surgery is successful is not to measure the success of the fusion process but the actual reduction of pain. Although most published articles describe an 80% good/excellent result rate, personal experience by most physicians in the field suggests that the true proportion of good to excellent results is closer to 50% for single level fusions, while with three levels, this drops to approximately 15%.

The most common causes of FBSS do not involve technical errors on the part of the surgeon, but are due to the inherent risks of the body's reaction to an invasive procedure. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Epidural fibrosis, or scarring of the nerve roots, is a common cause of FBSS and it involves no technical errors on the part of the surgeon. It is simply an unfortunate response of the body to the trauma of surgery.
  • Other identifiable causes of the FBSS include inadequate decompression which results in untreated lateral recess and foraminal stenosis.
  • Residual foraminal stenosis.
  • Residual spinal stenosis.
  • Painful disc disease due to residual pain emanating from the discs which still retain motion.
  • Spinal instability due to removal of too much of the central disc or supporting ligaments.

2.  If you are not committed to follow the isometric exercise program, do not have decompression therapy.

Decompression therapy is a very powerful tool, highly recommended and, when appropriately used, can help disc patients who have experienced failure in all other systems, including traditional chiropractic.

     However; Spinal Decompression just like other treatments, including Spinal Surgery, Pain Medications and injections, is a treatment that does not address the cause of the problem. The reality is that decompression without proper muscle strengthening and rehabilitation is actually just a very expensive Band-Aid.

     Many patients who have spent a lot of money for decompression therapy have had their symptoms return within three to six months.  However, it is the rehab that creates the stability and correction to enhance and stabilize the benefits of spinal decompression. So it is very important not to miss this step.

     When it comes to rehabilitating the spine, certain specific factors must be considered. First of all, traditional, conventional rehab, which involves performing resistance exercises through a range of motion (i.e., weights, machines, therabands) along with electrotherapeutic machines (i.e., electric muscle stimulation) do not address this problem. The reason is that they are working the fast-twitch muscle fibers. Fast twitch muscles will make you strong, but will not change the structure of the spine or remove the underlying cause of the disc injury. They will help you to carry your groceries, while the spinal structure continues to degenerate.

     The muscles that support spinal structure and determine spinal stability, the shape of your spinal curves and the future of the health of your spine; are postural, slow-twitch muscles. Slow-twitch muscles that support spinal structure require isometric exercises and are very different from conventional therapy.

With our decompression protocol, you will be given a biofeedback sphygmomanometer and we will train you in its use in order to have you perform your isometric exercises properly. Consistency is the key.  You will get started on these exercises as soon as you are out of pain and you must continue performing your exercises after your treatment is completed (you perform these exercises lying down, they are simple and don't take much time at all).  Chiropractic adjustments will also help in this process.

References. Fred DiDomenico, DC, Dynamic Chiropractic, August 2006, Vol. 24, Issue 17

3.  We will do what is best for you.

There are times when surgery is the only and best option.  A ruptured disk is one of these conditions.  We will evaluate your condition and tell you if you are a good candidate.  The true test of whether decompression is working for you is the reduction of pain.  If after 8 decompression treatments you do not show noticeable improvement we will  further evaluate your condition and order any necessary tests such as MRI scans, and arrange  for a surgical consultation. We work with the best surgeons in the area and have Imaging Clinics that work with us to give you cash discounts and get you scheduled quickly.

4.   20 Treatments is the recommended amount in clinical studies.

Please note that clinical studies have proven that in order for patients with disc problems to obtain the most significant disc healing and lasting results it requires 20 treatments and specific exercises to maintain their improvement.  
We offer an 8 treatment trial to help our patients determine if this program will be successful for them.  If after 8 treatments you are not noticing signs of improvement, then continued decompression treatments may not be recommended.

For informative videos about the Decompression treatment and the K-Laser browse through our web-site.


8 Treatment Trial  
•    20 point Exam
•    X-Rays
•    8 Decompression Treatments
•    8 Manipulations/Office Visits
•    4 Class IV Laser Treatments
•    4 Hydrocollator Applications
•    1 Gel  Ice Pack
•    3 Day supply of intensive anti-inflammatory nutrients
•    30 Day supply of disc healing nutrients
•    8 Athletic Trainer supervised exercise visits


20 Treatment Protocol
•    20 Point Exam
•    X-Rays
•    20 Decompression Treatments
•    20 Manipulations/Office Visits
•    10 Class IV Laser Treatments
•    10 Hydrocollator Applications
•    1 Gel  Ice Pack
•    3 Day supply of intensive anti-inflammatory nutrients
•    30 Day supply of disc healing nutrients
•    1 Biofeedback Stabilizer device for home use
•    20 Athletic Trainer supervised exercise visits

RECEIVE 2 FREE TREATMENTS!
Receive 2 free treatments on our customized computerized Spinal Decompression and Class IV Pain Laser.  If you have bulged, herniated or degenerative discs in your low back or neck; you qualify. 

Before you spend another dime on surgery or other types of treatment come and check us out.  Let us prove to you it works!





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  • "I'm a believer of the great service and care I have received from Dr. Rosquist over the years. Some times I've crawled into the office after a bad fall wake boarding. He's always got me back on my feet. While other doctors would have loved to fuze my back, Dr. Rosquist works his magic to keep my spine healthy and strong."
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