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Can We Predict Who Will Need Lumbar Spine Surgery?

This paper was published May 2013 in the journal SPINE:

Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery After Occupational Back Injury

Results From a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State

Objective. To identify early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years after occupational back injury.

Results. . .  Reduced odds of surgery were observed for those younger than 35 years, females, Hispanics, and those whose first provider was a chiropractor. Approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who [first] saw a chiropractor. . .

Conclusion. . . There was a very strong association between surgery and first provider seen for the injury even after adjustment for other important variables.

SPINE Volume 38, Number 11, pp 953-964 ©2013


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Treat the cause or the effect?

I use the work being done by Dr. Marty Hinz and his team at NeuroResearch in Duluth, MN to help my patients balance neurotransmitters with nutrition.

And, you say, what is a neurotransmitter?

A neurotransmitter is a chemical released at the end of a nerve fiber that causes the transfer of an impulse to another nerve or muscle fiber or organ – it’s what your body uses to ‘transmit’ the signal.

If you don’t have enough of the signaling chemicals, the message doesn’t get across – like not having enough bars on your cell phone to get a message through.  If you have the wrong blend of signaling chemicals it’s like being in an area without a tower that talks to YOUR carrier.

There are many illnesses caused by an imbalance or deficiency in neurotransmitters, and correcting the underlying cause keeps us from having to chase each issue.

Here is a partial listing of diseases and disorders that are related to unbalanced or inadequate neurotransmitter levels:

Adrenal fatigue or burnout
Addiction
Alzheimer’s disease
Anorexia
Anxiety
Asperger’s Syndrome
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism
Bulimia
Serotonin driven coronary artery disease
Chronic pain
Chronic stress
Cognitive deterioration
Cortisol Dysfunction
Crohn’s disease
DARPP-32
Dementia
Depersonalization disorder
Depression
Fibromyalgia
GABA dysfunction
Hormonal dysfunction
Hyperactivity
Impulsivity
Inappropriate Aggression
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Migraine Headaches
Nocturnal Myoclonus (Restless Leg Syndrome)
Obesity
Obsessionality
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Organ system dysfunction
Panic Attacks
Parkinson’s disease
Phobias
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Psychotic illness
Schizophrenia
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Tension Headaches
Tourette’s syndrome
Traumatic brain injury
Trichotillomania
Ulcerated Colitis

If you have any of these (and, especially, if you suffer with several) and are not getting satisfactory results with the treatment you are currently receiving, please consider working on the cause, instead of the effects.