When I had a herniated disc, my doctor wanted to try surgery first. I was not keen on this at all because I had heard too many horror stories about people having back surgery and never fully recovering from it. I asked him about alternatives, but he seemed to feel that surgery was the only option that would have the best success. Thankfully, I got a second opinion. The second doctor that I went to asked me if I had seen a chiropractor in San Francisco or had any kind of physical therapy to help me with my back pain.
When I told him that the first doctor had just wanted to do surgery right off the bat, he was professional about it but I could tell that he did not like that. Continue reading