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. He told me that surgery is sometimes the only option that people have, but he felt that I could benefit from both physical therapy as well as chiropractic care. He referred me to a chiropractor that is not too far from where I live, and I had my first appointment just a few days later. I knew I needed to make a decision quickly because of the pain that I was in, so I was happy that I could get in there that quickly.
I had already made a determination that I would try this first, and then if I was still in as much pain in 30 days, I would admit that surgery was the only way to go. Well, I did not need 30 days to know that I was not going to have surgery. I had adjustments four times that first week, and then three times a week for the next several weeks. I felt incredible after each one, and I could feel the pain truly slither away. I will have monthly adjustments probably for the rest of my life, but I am doing things once again that I never thought I would.