The One Thing They Aren't Telling You About Surgery

The One Thing They Aren’t Telling You About Surgery

One of the most common themes that we see in our patients is that they were let down by the traditional medical system.

In this video, I explain why surgery should never be the first option for pain.

My patients say they’ve had injections and medications and they don’t want more. Some have been offered surgery before ever being offered conservative care, which makes me the most frustrated.

To me, conservative care is education, hands on exercise, etc. Conservative care is not injections, medications and especially not surgery.

One of the problems is that in the medical community, conservative care means medication. In my world, it means modifying your exercise, massage, yoga, even chiropractic and acupuncture. The side effects of these things aren’t tragic like with the “conservative care” of the medical community.

Another thing I hear from my patients is that they get told it’s just a “routine surgery.” Yes, it’s routine to the surgeons, but not to them. And if you’re ever being given an option of surgery without being given the option to do something first, like modifying your behavior, get a second opinion.

(Side note: Of course, I’m speaking about orthopedic surgery here. If you have a brain tumor or need an angioplasty for a heart attack, get surgery! Surgery saves lives, no doubt about that. What I’m really talking about is surgery for back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, etc. Pain is not an indicator for surgery. If you’re being offered surgery because your main symptom is pain, they are not offering you conservative care. Run away.)

Physical therapy is not rehab after surgery, which is a way a lot of doctors define it as, or at least that is my perception. What we do here is help active people stay fit, healthy and mobile. And we do it with our hands, with our conversations. By having a conversation with you, we can figure out what is really wrong. If we do think surgery may be a possibility, we will send you to the right person. But for us, that next person isn’t even the surgeon. It’s the sports medicine provider who can get you an ultrasound and maybe a guided injection. But not surgery straight away.

Overall, what I’m saying to you is this: if someone doesn’t offer you physical therapy first for an orthopedic problem or injury pain, get a second opinion.

If you’re experiencing pain and would like a second opinion, click here to talk to a PT!

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active and healthy without medications, injections or surgery since 1999. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer helps weekend warriors, high level athletes, desk jockeys, students, children and anyone with pain, stiffness return to the activities the love without expensive imaging, pain medications, injections or surgery. He specializes in treating people with chronic conditions, pain and injuries which have not responded to traditional treatments and therapies with the goal of helping patients have less pain, move better and feel wonderful in their bodies. Dr. LeBauer also helps other physical therapists start and grow successful cash-based physical therapy practices. He has developed an online training course that describes in detail how to start a small private practice, along with his marketing secrets and strategy. He is currently available for recorded telephone and video coaching sessions, email support, on-site visits and speaking engagements. Contact him for more information, rates and services.. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur throughout the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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