You should see some improvement within 8 to 10 treatments then maybe chiropractic isn’t right for you but you will only know if you give it a solid try. Chiropractic works well for the right conditions. This is where you need to work with your chiropractor and give honest feedback. If you are not improving or do not like the treatment simply speak up. Changes can be made to your care. The treatment you receive can and should be modified if results you were expecting do not appear to be forthcoming. You are in charge and should speak up if your results are not to your expectations. The full benefit of chiropractic care is not just being pain free. Your nervous system runs your entire body. When the nervous system is impeded you can experience a whole host of problems in addition to the pain that made you seek out chiropractic care in the first place.
Given that there have been advances in spinal surgery, the outcomes can still be very unpredictable. In failed back surgery, post-operative pain syndrome is a very disabling and troubling reality of surgical intervention. According to the 2002 Johns Hopkins White Paper on “Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis “* by John P. Kostulk, . and Simeon Margolis, ., PhD., surgery "is not the treatment of choice for most people with back pain." The report goes on to say “fewer than 5% of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery”. "Surgery ought to be used when all other measures have been explored, and only if it appears that there is a strong probability that it will improve the condition." An article in Spine reviewed the outcomes and complication rates for surgical intervention in degenerative disc disease. Complication rates were as high as 55% and included: hematoma, neurologic adjacent segment degeneration, infection and hardware/instrument-related issues. Another study determined the effects of single-level (2 vertebrae) and 2-level (3-4 vertebrae) spinal fusion success rates reported 53% with "good" and "fair" results with single- level fusion and no "good" results with 2-level fusions.