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Second Chances for Spinal Health:

Post-Surgery Care at Ignite Chiropractic

Dr. Lee here, co-founder of Ignite Chiropractic…

Whether you’ve had spinal surgery in the past or were recently told you’d need spinal surgery in the future, I’d like to share something with you that you need to hear….

About 5 years ago, I had a woman approach me after a dinner seminar I had just given on spinal health.

Though she was in her late 20s and wore a smile, the deep lines of exhaustion etched into her face revealed years of unspoken pain.

Her name was Amanda, and when she was a mere 20 years old she underwent spinal surgery to correct a severe scoliosis. The surgeons installed metal rods alongside her spine and anchored them with screws into each of her vertebrae, from her sacrum to her upper thoracic spine.

She told me that while the surgery was a success – and her scoliosis was now only mild – she had never been in more pain in her life. Her back, neck and head were constantly in pain, and to make matters worse, she lost most of the sensation in her right arm. 

Bound to a relentless cycle of muscle relaxers and painkillers, she despised each pill-swallowing moment, yet felt trapped with no alternative.

And to make matters worse, the orthopedic surgeon had somberly informed her that by her 30th birthday, she’d most likely be confined to a wheelchair. His intention was to prepare her for the inevitable fate his years of experience had so often witnessed.

When she asked me if our technique may be able to help her, I felt the desperate hope in her voice. 

I will never forget that day… because it reminds me to NEVER stop banging the drum of chiropractic.

Fast forward about 2 weeks later, and as Amanda was slowly getting off the table after her first adjustment she burst into tears. 

She cried out, “I can feel my hand, oh my God, I can feel my hand!” And through her tears – more to herself than anyone else, she continued on – “It’s gone, the pain is gone – why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?” Then she folded herself into the tightest curl her fused spine would allow, tears streaming down uncontrollably.

There wasn’t a dry eye inside the building.

Amanda got her life back that day. 

She later shared with me that even prior to her surgery, she was told by all of her doctors, never to go to a chiropractor because of the severity of the spinal issues she was dealing with.

I can’t even begin to process the courage it took for her to trust in us that day… and it’s a trust that I will never take for granted.

Even with the unmatched safety of our cutting-edge techniques, I understand the apprehension you might feel considering chiropractic care, whether after a spinal surgery or even before.

My cousin, who’s like a brother to me, underwent two spinal surgeries, and 6 months of physical therapy.

My cousin, who’s like a brother to me, underwent two spinal surgeries, and when it was all said and done – and 6 months of physical therapy later – he was still absolutely miserable, surviving on pain meds, muscle relaxers, heating pads and antidepressants.

Suffice it to say, he was afraid to have anyone touch his spine ever again – surgeon and chiropractor alike. 

Partly because I was family, but I think more so out of desperation, he finally agreed to start care in our clinic. 

He now proudly credits his last 8 successful years as a master plumber entirely to the benefits of chiropractic care. It’s the most powerful thing that has helped (and continues to help) his back to this day.

You really have no idea how much it means to me that I’ve been able to make this level of impact on so many people. It’s what gets me out of bed every morning.

At this point in my career, our clinic has helped patients who’ve undergone (or are facing) just about every shape and size of spinal surgery you can think of… 

  • replaced discs, 
  • laminectomies, 
  • spinal fusions, 
  • rhizotomies,
  • pain pumps, 
  • discectomies,
  • vertebroplasties,
  • and titanium rods

And while success can never be guaranteed, the overwhelming majority of our patients consistently experience outcomes that range from moderate pain relief to complete resolution of symptoms. 

Our cutting-edge results begin at our assessment.  

While you’ve surely had x-rays, MRI’s and CT’s, our clinic uses digital motion study x-rays to evaluate the motion of the individual vertebrae. This revolutionary method of evaluation simply isn’t used in standard orthopedic or neurosurgical offices. 

It allows us (and you) to see exactly which bones of your spine are moving properly, and which ones aren’t. 

Then based on these x-rays – as well as several other painless spinal and neurological tests – our team of expert chiropractors review your findings, and craft an individualized plan designed to give you the best chance of success based on current research and the lessons we’ve learned taking care of hundreds of others with similar issues.

Ignite Chiropractic Techniques
Our cutting-edge results begin at our assessment.

While you’ve surely had x-rays, MRI’s and CT’s, our clinic uses digital motion study x-rays to evaluate the motion of the individual vertebrae. This revolutionary method of evaluation simply isn’t used in standard orthopedic or neurosurgical offices. 

It allows us (and you) to see exactly which bones of your spine are moving properly, and which ones aren’t. 

Then based on these x-rays – as well as several other painless spinal and neurological tests – our team of expert chiropractors review your findings, and craft an individualized plan designed to give you the best chance of success based on current research and the lessons we’ve learned taking care of hundreds of others with similar issues.

I genuinely invest myself in your outcome; it’s deeply personal to me. Years from now, I refuse to look back on my life and think “I could have done more.” I want to give you everything we’ve got to get you living a pain-free life again, naturally (or at least as close to it as possible).  And every one of our hand-selected team of expert doctors feels exactly the same way. We pride ourselves on unwavering excellence, and it’s this dedication that has earned us a notable reputation throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Without delving deep, I’d like to touch on the basics of our technique, as it’s a frequently asked topic… for a more detailed explanation of our technique CLICK HERE.

While we care about where you are hurting, we don’t focus on where your pain is… Instead we focus our attention upstream.

We’re addressing issues at the spinal cord level – it’s one of the deep underlying issues currently plaguing humanity and causing so many different severe health issues. And because we are dealing with the sensitive structures of the spine, there is no need to do anything aggressive. In fact, we don’t crack, pop, or twist the spine at all – it’s unnecessary, less effective, and often overstimulating.

The sensitive nerves within the spine respond best with gentle, precise input from our hands or using a gentle instrument that creates a quick percussive impulse called the Integrator.

Our technique awakens disconnected areas of your spine, releasing the spinal cord tension from past trauma by working with specific access points along the spine. From there the innate wisdom of the body takes over and naturally re-engages the innate healing mechanisms we are all born with.

Even with a perfectly healthy spine, the spinal cord isn’t designed to withstand long periods of tension that occur after various types of trauma. The spinal cord isn’t a rubber band. And your nerves aren’t designed to stretch like muscles.

So even a little extra tension starts to cause problems, building up distortions within the sheath of the spinal cord that can remain for years if never addressed (leading to the breakdown of the spinal joints themselves and an entire army of other issues).

Understanding Spinal Stress: Identifying Hidden Health Issues

In addition to severe spinal pain, these distortions can commonly cause things like:

  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Migraines
  • Nerve pain like sciatica or radiating arm pain
  • Severe shoulder blade pain
  • Stomach aches
  • Acid reflux
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Menstrual cycle problems
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Allergies 
  • Loss of energy
  • Getting sick a lot
  • Feeling depressed

Yes gang, it’s quite the laundry list…

The reason it affects so many things is because your spinal cord connects your brain to every part of your body. Not just your muscles and joints. 

I could talk about the impacts of this for hours.

At this point, I’d like to welcome you into our office to get all your questions answered by one of our amazing doctors who specializes in post-surgical spinal care by scheduling an initial evaluation.

 Schedule Online or give us a call today.

If you are like most of our patients, you are going to be immediately put at ease with the thoroughness of our process, the compassion of our doctors, and our ability to clearly demonstrate what we are seeing in a way that leaves you with absolute clarity of understanding. (We never hide behind technical jargon, white coats, or complicated imaging procedures that you never get to see). Our expert team is excited to welcome you into our office with open arms ready to guide you along your path back to a pain-free life. 

With love and compassion,
Dr. Lee Horine, Dr. Natalie Horine and the dedicated Ignite Chiropractic Team.