An MRI test is often prescribed in cases dealing with the problem of a severe back pain and results are the basis on which a doctor decides if a surgery is to be prescribed. Although surgery is the last resort and only to be prescribed in cases where the patient has lost control of bladder or bowel functions due to severe nerve involvement, the high volume of spine surgeries prescribed shows an overuse of this form of treatment especially when it does not reverse the root cause of the problem. Some doctors prescribe physiotherapy and suggest that patients try a non-surgical approach, failing which a surgery can be prescribed. Unfortunately, conventional physiotherapy where pain suppressing devices are used with a combination of general exercises does not offer long-lasting results. The pain resurfaces a few weeks later, as the root cause is left undiagnosed and hence the treatment is inaccurate.
The latest research on outcomes comparing surgery and conservative treatment made a great impact when it revealed that surgery is not the most effective route. It also highlights that spine surgery has a high failure rate. (Re-surgery rates over 10 years are as high as 35% in some countries). After his slipped disc, Vikas Chawla has prescribed an s MRI scan, which revealed a disc herniation that was causing a nerve compression. He was in excruciating pain and surgery was prescribed by his doctor. Vikas, like 90% of patients, was surgery-phobic and the thought of going under the knife was terrifying. He learned of Qi Spine Clinic from a friend who had been successfully treated by them. The specialty clinic chain is India’s first for spine disorders and those suffering from back pain. At the clinic, the first step was to identify the root cause of the pain by a function diagnosis test called the DSA. The test revealed deficiencies in his muscular structure. This ensured that the treatment plan was tar got and precise. Years of poor lifestyle choices were reversed in just 12 weeks. He decided to get another MRI scan to check his progression once the pain had gone and his functional ability restored. His post-treatment MRI showed a visible reversal in the disc herniation.
Doctors at Qi Spine Clinic receive a large number of requests for a second opinion from that prescribed spine surgery. In over 90% of these cases, patients are able to avoid surgery completely and achieve full reversal of their symptoms.