After analyzing three years of Washington state’s workman compensation disability claims for back injuries, researchers have concluded that patients who first consulted a surgeon as compared with those who first consulted a chiropractor were 28 times more likely to undergo surgery. The study, published in the May issue of the medical journal Spine, noted that only 1.5 percent of the chiropractic patients went on to require back surgery to treat their injuries compared with 43 percent of those patients who first visited with a surgeon. While agreeing that a small percentage of patients will require surgical treatment, medical experts recommend that most patients with back injuries begin with non-invasive treatments, like chiropractic before going under the knife. Spinal surgery carries serious risks including paralysis, pulmonary embolism, and even death - a true risk with any surgery requiring general anesthesia. If you are suffering from a back injury, give chiropractic a try before considering invasive treatments such as surgery.