Back Surgeries in the South

How dangerous is a spinal surgery?

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),  which is part of the Federal Government that tracks medical statistics, Southerners are 45% more likely to have a spinal surgery than people in the Northeast and West regions of the United States. You also have a 1 in 500 chance of death. It will cost $80,998 on average to have the surgery. In 2010, the US spent $15.5 Billion on spinal surgeries.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Spinal Surgery
Region Total number of discharges Charges, $ (mean) In-hospital deaths
Northeast 66,437 (15.36%) 73,423 172 (0.26%)
Midwest 92,369 (21.35%) 80,561 197 (0.21%)
South 189,709 (43.86%) 80,998 370 (0.20%)
West 84,030 (19.43%) 121,400 177 (0.21%)
Weighted national estimates from HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), based on data collected by individual States and provided to AHRQ by the States. Total number of weighted discharges in the U.S. based on HCUP NIS = 39,434,956. Statistics based on estimates with a relative standard error (standard error / weighted estimate) greater than 0.30 or with standard error = 0 in the nationwide statistics (NIS, NEDS, and KID) are not reliable. These statistics are suppressed and are designated with an asterisk (*). The estimates of standard errors in HCUPnet were calculated using SUDAAN software. These estimates may differ slightly if other software packages are used to calculate variances.

60% of Low Back Surgeries could be avoided

with Chiropractic Care

Medical Researchers have said:  Sixty percent of patients, who had failed other medical management, benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they had undergone surgical intervention. “Sciatica is a serious spinal condition that causes pain, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs. Many times symptoms become debilitating and without further help, surgery is prescribed to alleviate discomfort. But surgery is not without financial and physical drawbacks.”  The study also looked at the costs: for every $1.00 spent with a chiropractic provider, it saved $22.90 in medical care.

If you’re looking for a less invasive approach to your healthcare, at Palmer Chiropractic we focus on natural chiropractic care. Chiropractors adjust the spine and vertebra to relieve nerve interference that restricts the expression of life. Serving Richmond Hill, Savannah, Midway, & Georgetown.

%d bloggers like this: