Why Not Surgery?

You may be considering surgery as an option to alleviate lower back, shoulder, knee or hip pain. Here are some common surgery risks you will be facing:


  • Bleeding Problems During Surgery
  • Blood Clots Caused By Surgery
  • Difficulty Breathing After Surgery
  • Infections After Surgery: 4 in 100
  • Deaths: 1 in 400 deaths in 30 days following TKP
  • Increased use of narcotics, NSAIDS and muscle relaxers
Many patients are prescribed Soma, Flexiril, and other types of muscle relaxers post-surgery. Here are some of those medication side effects:


  • Possible addiction or dependence
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Changes in vision and headache
  • Clumsiness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Source: Journal of Orthopedic Medicine

Spinal Surgery Outcomes

Needed Further Surgery

Increase in Painkillers After Surgery

Returned to Work After Surgery

Returned to Work Without Surgery

Looking at the statistics it’s obvious that there are several to seek alternate treatment to spinal surgery. The above numbers are percentages taken from patients two years after initial spinal surgery. The increased use of painkillers is specifically opiates.

Source: New Yorker Magazine 

Shoulder Surgery Outcomes

Recovery Time


Successful Outcomes For Those with Major Tears

At Risk of Infection After Surgery

What About Cortisone Injections?

Cortisone injections are a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that may reduce swelling in joints. Common side effects of cortisone injections include:

  • Osteoporosis – up to 8% loss of bone in 4 months
  • Low doses for 1 year can cause cataracts
  • Elevated blood sugar
  • Suppressed ability to fight infection