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[RC] Back surgery - Bruce Weary DC

Hi Kathy--
Inversion tables fell out of favor a few years ago, as there was some concern over possible complications such as stroke or increased pressure in the eyeballs. The current literature seems to have put those concerns to rest. I would not invert to 90 degrees, however. A 30-60 degree inversion for 5-15 minutes a day would probably maximize any beneficial effects, and those will undoubtedly vary from person to person. If you have persistent pain, I recommend seeking proper diagnosis and treatment. I advise patients to see the pain as the tip of the iceberg, with the underwater part being the actual underlying orthopedic condition causing that pain. When you look at it that way, you'll understand there is an important difference between "pain relief" and "recovery." They are not equivalent, and often patients terminate treatment for various conditions based solely on relief of pain, and before their condition is stabilized. Some examples would be stopping antibiotics when your throat first begins to feel better, or quitting rehab when your post-surgical knee pain quits. Following through offers a more complete benefit in nearly all therapies, and that applies to fixing back problems, too. Good luck, Dr Q


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