How to Avoid Back Surgery

written by Dr Scott Bentson   |   category: Back Pain

From our perspective, back surgery is rarely necessary for the treatment of lower back pain. While no one ever really wants to go under the knife, you really don’t want to knives anywhere near your spine. While in certain cases back surgery is necessary and effective, many studies investigating spine surgery find that not only is the procedure not necessary, it often leaves patients in worse shape and more pain than before they went onto the operating table. In fact, multiple research articles indicate that back surgery often fails. Additionally, people who undergo back surgery often report increased pain, increased disability, inability to return to work, and increased dependency on pain medications.

Chiropractic for Low Back Pain

The best way for you to avoid back surgery is to avoid back surgeons and to come to us instead. Don’t take our word for it, that’s what studies show. One study done in cases of work-related low back pain found that 42.7% of workers who saw the surgeon first had back surgery in contrast to 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor. Chiropractors are non-surgical spine specialists who will give you options for managing your back pain that don’t involve drugs, needles or knives.

If you’re looking to avoid back surgery, we’d love to help you do just that. If you’re ready, let’s get started!


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Dr Scott Bentson

His background in biomedical engineering/physics and specialized training as a Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) gives Dr. Scott Bentson a unique perspective and area of expertise when it comes to biomechanics and pain management.
His passion for helping people to feel their best combined with this specialized expertise has made him a chiropractor who is in high demand. Dr. Bentson lives and practices in Bethlehem, PA and enjoys sharing this practice with his wife and the creator of YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition, Dr. Kristen Bentson.


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