How Can Chiropractic Care Prevent Surgery?

How Can Chiropractic Care Prevent Surgery

According to a HealthDay article in 2020, nearly 500,000 Americans undergo back surgery every year to correct lower back problems. That staggering number causes a legitimate concern for many chiropractors throughout the nation. It also causes a lot of debt for those patients with nearly $11 billion spent each year on back surgery in the United States alone. In many scenarios, these patients failed to research alternatives to back surgery prior to being admitted to the hospital. Chiropractic has shown through research and studies that it is the most effective conservative treatment, even for disc herniation. With this in mind, the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont want to present chiropractic care as an alternative to spinal surgery in some cases. While some patients require surgery, we answer the question, “How can chiropractic care prevent surgery?”


Prevention of Spinal Degeneration

Spinal degeneration refers to the loss of normal structure and function of the spine over time. Degeneration occurs normally due to advancing age which results in loss of disc heights and calcification or bone spurs on the vertebra, but can also occur due to tumors or other serious infections in the body. Regular chiropractic care prevents degeneration by keeping the spine in proper alignment and preventing prolonged compression of the discs. This helps the spine stay healthier for longer and allows more blood flow to key areas, allowing the body to naturally treat itself.

Holistic Treatment for Back Injury

Many people who experience back pain after an auto accident assume they need corrective back surgery to experience relief. However, in the overwhelming majority of cases, chiropractic care prevents the need for back surgery by providing pain relief. The relief comes from correcting the misaligned spine and taking pressure off the sensitive nerves and allowing the body to do what it does naturally when given the chance; to heal itself.

Dry Needling to Increase Blood Flow

Many patients report pursuing spinal surgery as an option to correct movement and nerve communication in the upper and lower extremities (the hands and feet). In these scenarios, an unpinched nerve supply and proper blood flow to these extremities will bring healing and return to proper function. A certified dry needler uses dry needling and chiropractic care to increase the body’s healing attention to these necessary areas. Dry needling, when combined with our award-winning chiropractic treatment process provides relief quickly and retrains the body to holistically heal itself when possible.


With so many people suffering from pain, limited mobility, and loss of use of their extremities, treating back pain becomes crucial. While some patients require back surgery to correct their issues, it should be used as a last resort for treatment. Spinal surgery can be costly, and dangerous, and prevent treatment options in the future in some cases. Chiropractic care offers a less intrusive option and provides an alternative to people considering spinal surgery. A skilled chiropractor will create and carry out a tailored treatment plan that is far less expensive than surgery – and in many cases is extremely effective without the risks. Whether you’re looking to prevent the long-term effects of spinal degeneration, treat an injury, or improve mobility and blood flow, chiropractic care can help!

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. Contact us to schedule your appointment today before agreeing to undergo spinal surgery! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

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Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. Dave's clinics have received multiple accolades, being voted "Best of Boulder" and "Best of the West" nine times. He has treated numerous world-class athletes and is dedicated to providing the best results for his patients in the shortest possible time.