Care for your spine early on. I always tell people “You’re never too young, you’re never too old to start caring for your spine.” If you start caring for your spine when you are a young child, it will certainly have different outcomes later in life. Most of the problems that pop up in our late 20’s and early 30’s are just cumulative micro-trauma – things that have happened when we were kids from sports injuries, accidents, falls, stress, tension, poor posture. We see people nowadays spending hours with their heads dropped forward texting or hunching over their computers and it’s a lot of lifestyle things that can be prevented. Seeing a chiropractor regularly and doing periodic checkups on your spine to keep it in good alignment will keep your spine in better condition and prevent it from degenerating and having these problems later that sometimes if get bad enough can certainly lead to a need for surgery.
Really the best way to avoid back surgery is prevention. Some people will come to me very late in the game. “I went to an orthopedist and he recommended surgery and I want to try chiropractic as a last ditch effort.” If you’ve never done anything to care for your spine for 20, 30, 35 or 40 years, the condition of your spine at that point is pretty degenerated and it takes a lot of time and energy to really get that spine corrected and the ability to heal. Sometimes it can be too far gone. If the spine is degenerated already then you might not be able to prevent that surgery but many cases you can and I’ve had the good fortune of people who were slated to have surgeries that came in for care, started care, started to get some results and actually canceled surgery. And there are other people that have come in with complex problems that I wasn’t able to help and when their quality of life degenerated, they actually had to go and have surgery.
The best way to prevent back surgery is to make sure that you care for your spine throughout the course of your lifetime. It’s just like the way you care for your teeth. If you brush and floss and see a dentist periodically, the chances of you needing root canal or major dental surgery is minimized. It is really all about the self care and health care you do along the way to avoid back surgery.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.