This is a new article published in the December 2012 issue of the Spine Journal which looked at workplace back injuries and the early predictors of spine surgery.
The article reveals that those who had a reduced rate of spine surgery following a workplace back injury were those under 35 years of age, women, Hispanics and those whose first provider was a Chiropractor.
42.7% of injured workers who saw a surgeon first, under went back surgery. While only 1.5% of injured workers who saw a Chiropractor first under went back surgery.
There is a very strong association between back surgery and the first provider seen for an injury.