A newly published report printed in the March 19, 2007 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, documented on a case that involved a 37 year old male who suffered from persistent lower back and leg discomfort shortly following a L4-L5 surgical laminectomy. The surgery was performed 6 months prior to the study and the initiation of chiropractic care.
The young man in this study had suffered a work injury about 11 months before surgery that resulted in continuous severe lower back pain and numbness in his leg. Five months after his accident his orthopedic surgeon diagnosed him with an L4 and L5 disk herniation and was told that he needed to have back surgery. The surgical procedure that was performed was extensive as the patient underwent a double laminectomy to the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae. Following the surgery, he prescribed pain medication and was instructed to take it two times per day.
The surgical procedure was not successful in correcting the patient's back problems. Finally after 11 months he received a chiropractic examination and x-rays. The finding showed no pathologies except those created by the surgery. However, there were significant structural spinal abnormalities and postural issues present.
Chiropractic care was introduced and the patient was seen regularly for several months. Re-examinations were routinely performed to monitor structural changes and the patients progress. Ultimately, even though this patient has undergone an extensive surgical procedure, he did improve both structurally and has seen and improvement with his symptoms and quality of life. As the researchers in this case explained, the patient improved, "achieving a significant reduction in symptoms not obtained following recent surgery." A follow up was performed 9 months later and showed that the patient had maintained his structural corrections as well as his symptomatic improvement.