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Less Surgery When Going To A Chiropractor First

Chiropractors in Amarillo TX can help avoid needless surgery

Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM
Why Did They Do It?
The reason for this research was to assess if there were any predictors of whether a person would end up having low back surgery inside of 3 years after their work injury.
Back injuries are the most common work injury and low back pain is the global leader in disablity. 
How Did They Do It?·     
  • They used Disability Risk Identification Study Cohort (D-RISC) data·     
  • They used baseline worker-reported measures from about 3 weeks after the injury claim was made.·     
  • They used medical billing data to find out if they ever underwent the surgery inside of 3 years 
What Did They Find Out?·     
  • In the D-RISC sample of 1885 people, 174 of them had surgery within 3 years·     
  • REDUCED ODDS OF SURGERY were noticed for people that were 35 years or younger, were female, were Hispanic, or whose FIRST PROVIDER WAS A CHIROPRACTOR.·     
  • Around 42.7% of workers who saw a surgeon first had surgery. 
Only 1.5% of those seeing a chiropractor first had surgery. Alternatively, they found that when a surgeon or medical doctor was the first point of contact, the patient underwent surgery 42.7% of the time. 

 - Keeney BJ, Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2013. May 15(38): p. 11.


Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast ( Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected]

Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109     

Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM

Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM


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