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Holiday Office Hours 
Mon, Dec 16th:    8:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-7:00pm
Tues, Dec 17th:   8:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-7:00pm
Wed, Dec 18th:    8:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-7:00pm
Thurs, Dec 19th: 7:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-7:00pm 
Fri, Dec 20th:       8:00am-Noon
Mon, Dec 23rd - 27th: CLOSED
Mon, Dec 30th:     8:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-7:00pm
Tues, Dec 31st:    8:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-5:00pm
Wed, Jan 1st:       CLOSED
Thurs, Jan 2nd:   7:00am-Noon,   2:00pm-7:00pm
Fri, Jan 3rd:          8:00am-Noon

NOVA Chiropractic will resume normal business hours beginning the week of Jan 6th.
To Get Surgery or to Not Get Surgery
How Common is Back Surgery
Traumatic incidents, aging process, improper body mechanics, and normal wear and tear can all injure your spine. Damage to any part of your back or pressure on the nerves in your spine can cause back pain and other symptoms. If you have ongoing back pain, maybe you've wondered - could back surgery help?

Contrary to what people may think, back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases. Most back problems can be taken care of with non-invasive, nonsurgical treatments: physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, exercise programs and anti-inflammatory medications all can help relieve chronic and acute back pain. When conservative treatments don't help, back surgery may offer relief, but it doesn't help every type of back pain.

Need to Know: Approximately 43% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery compared to ONLY 1.5% of those
who first saw a chiropractor!
A study published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine confirms that many physicians don't follow guidelines and instead refer back pain patients to surgery or write prescriptions for powerful pain killers. The latter is part of an epidemic problem of prescription drug abuse in the United States; the number of prescriptions filled for opioid pain killers--some of the most powerful medications available--has increased by nearly 50 percent in the past 10 years to 257 million!
Most Common Surgical Procedures
Most back surgeries are done to treat nerve pain from herniated discs. Decompression and spinal fusion are the two most common lumbar spine surgeries for patients with lower back pain and radiating pain. A decompression surgery involves removing a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root to relieve pinching of the nerve and provide more room for the nerve to heal. A spinal fusion surgery involves using a bone graft to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, which should decrease pain generated from the joint.  
Need to Know: Of the 56 million Americans who have back pain, only 5 percent need surgery. - WebMD
Benefits and Risks of Back Surgery

Typically, people consider surgery for back pain only after all other treatments have failed to provide relief. Even then, surgery does not provide significant improvement for everyone. And while the risks of back surgery are generally low, they can be serious in some cases.


Benefits of Surgery

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased activity
  • Better physical fitness
  • Improved mood
  • Less need for pain medicines with fewer drug side effects
  • Ability to go back to work
  • Increased productivity at work
Risks of Surgery
  • Reaction to anesthesia or other drugs
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots, for instance in the legs or lungs
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Recurrent disc herniation
  • Nerve damage, which can result in weakness, paralysis, pain,
  • Sexual dysfunction, or loss of bowel or bladder control
Need to Know: Many practitioners believe that one of the most common causes of "failed back surgery syndrome" (continued pain after surgery) is an improper diagnosis prior to surgery.
Treatments Before Surgery
Patients should exhaust many treatments and options before they look into getting back surgery. These treatments can include:

Common Environmental Triggers

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy
  • Soft-Tissue Manipulation
  • Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
Dr. Sullivan's Recommendations

In my experience at least 80% of back surgeries are not needed and the data supports that.  Most of the time taking the non-invasive of chiropractic care, acupuncture and other alternative therapies are able to fix the problem.  If the non-invasive treatments does not help then I recommend trying spinal injections which can help those cases that do not respond to chiropractic care.  A very small percentage of patients will require spinal surgery. These cases tend to be more traumatic cases where the patient was in an accident.  The other type of case which requires immediate surgery is if you have a loss of bowel function.  Always try the most conservative treatment first and then if that does not work consider more invasive treatments.  


The best treatment for a herniated or bulging disc is spinal decompression and laser therapy.  Spinal decompression takes the pressure off the injured disc and nerve.  By taking the pressure off these structures it allows them heal and reduces inflammation. Laser therapy also reduces the inflammation (the source of your lower back pain and radiating pain down the leg) and also speeds up the healing process.  Typically a course of 12 visits is need to heal a disc or nerve injury.  


For failed back surgeries these treatments can also be used but it may require more visits to get the patient better. 

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Note: The material provided in this newsletter is for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein may not always reflect the views of the NOVA Chiropractic, nor do they imply an endorsement. 
In This Issue
Notice About Holiday Hours
How Common Is Back Surgery
Most Common Surgical Procedures
Benefits and Risks of Back Surgery
Treatments Before Surgery
Dr. Sullivan's Recommdendations
NOVA Chiropractic Blog Article
ACA Press Release
Laser Therapy
Ingredient of the Week
Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide
Updated HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices
The Healthy Alternative
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Washington, DC


Neurokinetic Therapy Seminar

Washington, DC


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The Healthy Alternative
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