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Seattle Chiropractor

Chiropractic ~ The natural alternative to back surgery

In our downtown Seattle practice, Dr. Devine has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgical treatment. The scientific research agrees with the success we see in our office. One study published in the medical journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor first may literally keep you out of the operating room.

In this research study, researchers from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from about 1,900 workers from Washington State who saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor first for their back pain issues. They examined three years’ worth of follow-up medical data to determine whether the subjects ultimately wound up having back surgery.

43% of the men and women who first consulted with a surgeon for their back pain ended up in surgery in the 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5 percent of patients who saw a chiropractor first underwent surgery. The authors wrote:

“Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery.”

In addition to the reduction in back surgery, the chiropractic patients in the scientific study also “had lower odds of chronic work disability” and fewer expensive MRI tests.
This study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College and printed in the world’s most prestigious medical journal on spinal injuries.

While all surgery has risks, spinal surgery also has a very high failure rate. Dr. Devine believes that surgery should be the last choice for treating back pain and urges everyone to try chiropractic care first. Learn more by visiting

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