During his career as a practicing medical doctor, Dr. Mendelsohn was Chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee for the state of Illinois, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine of the University of Illinois and the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in medicine and medical instruction.

Dr. Mendelsohn stated, “My feeling is that somewhere around ninety percent of surgery is a waste of time, energy, money and life.” His conclusions in this matter are supported by the recent publication of the Government Guidelines by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and by the Independent Health Research Group, who say the number of unnecessary operations total more than three million.

The government guidelines for the treatment of low back pain advises against surgery and a host of high-cost tests, including CT scans and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

This is further corroborated by a study conducted by Dr. Maureen C. Jensen and colleagues, from Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California, on 98 health volunteers. The study found that about a quarter of people with no history of back trouble whatsoever showed ruptured discs when examined for back problems with magnetic imaging scans, or M.R.I. The research suggests that slipped or ruptured discs as indicated by M.R.I. testing may not mean much for many people and certainly cannot be assured to be the cause of any patient’s backache.

Dr. Jensen’s work, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is similar to a study completed four years ago by Dr. Scott Boden, an orthopedic surgeon at Emory University. D. Boden states, “The M.R.I. should never be used as a screening test, which is unfortunately the way it is very commonly used today. In fact, use of the M.R.I. too early in somebody’s disease process can result in seeing findings that are like gray hair….everybody gets them….and they can result in overtreatment.”

Back pain, whether it is associated with a slipped or ruptured disc or not, is one of the most common disabling conditions of adulthood. It is estimated that thirty-one million Americans complain of low back pain at any given time…It is also one of the most costly conditions, accounting for eight billion dollars in medical care annually.

Thousands of patients suffering from so-called slipped or ruptured discs have avoided needless surgery thanks to gentle chiropractic spinal adjustments.

If you know anyone suffering with back pain, please suggest they try chiropractic FIRST.

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