Spinal Surgery – How Chiropractic can help even after surgery.

How Chiropractic can help even after surgery

Leading on from the last blog. If you have previously been suggested surgery and gone through with a procedure. It’s not the end of the road with your health journey. It requires dedication to ensure that post operative success is achieved and reduce the chance of a regression in the condition. 


Now, as I mentioned in the previous blog, 60-80% of surgeries can be a success. But what happens then when you still have symptoms and the problem is still there? Known as the FBSS (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome). No more than 30%, 15% and 5% of the patients experience a successful outcome after the second, third and fourth surgeries respectively.


A very common surgery undergone is on the discs between your vertebrae. For example, lumbar disc surgery is a type of spinal surgery that can be used to treat a range of conditions, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. The main goal of lumbar disc surgery is to relieve the pressure on the affected nerve root or spinal cord and to improve the patient’s pain, mobility, and overall quality of life.

But it’s not always as simple as that.


A chiropractor’s goal is to be specific with adjusting, hence the importance of having relevant and up to date images of the affected areas. You would most likely have an MRI of the spine to see the hard and soft tissues. With Chiropractic care, it’s also essential to have up to date X-rays of the affected area to see alignment and potential areas that need to be adjusted. But also, just as important to know where you don’t need to be adjusted.

When it comes to your health, to see is to know, to not see is to guess and we don’t want to guess with your health.

When a specific and gentle adjustment is given, it gradually starts to improve alignment, relieve the pressure and reduce interference to how the nerves are able to function. Reducing associated stiffness, pain, and other symptoms like numbness/pins and needles and shooting pains.

I thought so. So, if you know of anyone who could benefit then feel free to enquire with us and see if we can help their situation. Gonstead chiropractors are experts with this!

Chiropractic care can be a great complement to lumbar disc surgery. Chiropractic care can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with lumbar disc issues, including pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and muscle weakness. It can also help to improve the patient’s overall posture and function. Other benefits are included below.

Spinal surgery Alex

  • Pain relief: Chiropractic care can help to reduce the pain associated with lumbar disc issues by using manual manipulation and other techniques to reduce inflammation and increase circulation.
  • Improved mobility: Chiropractic care can help to improve mobility and range of motion by gently stretching and manipulating the spine and surrounding muscles.
  • Strengthening: Chiropractic care can also help to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine and improve core strength, which can help to improve stability and prevent further injury.
  • Improved posture: Poor posture can often be a contributing factor to lumbar disc issues, and chiropractic care can help to improve posture by providing the patient with exercises and stretches to strengthen the back muscles and improve posture.
  • Overall, chiropractic care can be a great complement to lumbar disc surgery and can help to provide the patient with improved pain relief, improved mobility, increased strength, and improved posture.
Alex Hillyer

Dr Alex Hillyer – DC