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Spinal Rehydration vs. Surgery: 8 Differences You Need to Know

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

spinal rehydrationSage advice for back pain sufferers: Be certain that you’ve tried every alternative, including spinal rehydration, before even thinking about back surgery to cure common causes of back pain. Surgery and anesthesia, by their very nature, carry significant risk and expense. Back surgery, in particular, has a less-than-admirable success rate. It just doesn’t make good sense to ignore safe and proven, natural treatments and therapies in favor of a drastic, invasive and irreversible surgical treatment.

The comparison below should help illustrate the point. It compares surgery to one of the most promising natural therapies--the proven-effective, innovative Functional Disc Rehydration™ treatment developed at the Illinois Back Institute. Let’s look at some of the differences in these treatment modalities:

#1 -- Effectiveness

  • Spinal rehydration is a safe, natural and non-invasive treatment that can restore you to a pain free life. The treatment makes the spine stronger and healthier. Patients may improve after one treatment
  • Back surgery is ineffective for many patients, who find themselves back in pain again soon after surgery. Makes changes to spinal structure and can damage your spine permanently. In fact, surgery often must be repeated to try the fix once again or to repair new damage that occurs next to the now-weakened surgical site.

#2 -- Risk

#3 -- Restores vs. Removes

  • Spinal rehydration: Does not change spinal structure. Instead it revives and restores the body's natural flow of nutrients and hydration that has been depleted from the spine by age, wear and tear or conditions like arthritis.
  • Surgery: Does just the opposite--rather than restoring the spinal structure, surgery invasively cuts out part or all of it, which may include the damaged disc material and/or surrounding bone. Surgery is irreversible.

#4 -- Drugs vs. None

  • Spinal rehydration: Requires no prescription drugs nor other medication and no anesthetic.
  • Surgery: Requires general anesthesia, prescription pain medication and sometimes antibiotics.

#5 -- Natural vs. Invasive

  • Spinal rehydration: Restores the free flow of the body’s natural fluids and nutrients. No foreign objects are introduced in this non-invasive treatment.
  • Surgery: May include placing permanent screws or plates in or around the spine.

#6 -- Improves range of motion vs. Might not

  • Spinal rehydration: Does not restrict, but instead improves your range of motion.
  • Surgery: May fuse spinal vertebrae together, restricting motion.

#7 -- Office vs. Hospital

  • Spinal rehydration: Is an office procedure.
  • Surgery: Requires a hospital stay and anesthesia.

#8 -- No downtime vs. Major recovery time

  • Spinal rehydration: Requires no recovery time.
  • Surgery: injures the spine, at least temporarily, and requires significant recovery and healing time.

You owe it to yourself to learn more about Functional Disc Rehydration™. Stop back pain the natural way at the Illinois Back Institute, co-founded by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer, D.C. We offer a free consultation with a back specialist. Contact us today. 

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Topics: spinal rehydration, Functional Disc Rehydration, Back Pain, back surgery, Natural Treatment