Chiropractic manipulation for the last century has been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently. Now, with today’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, manipulation is receiving more widespread attention. Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.
In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most
conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.
Here is what some of the research says:
“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”
Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health “Back Pain Facts & Statistics.” Acatoday.org. N.p., n.d. Web.
At S&A Chiropractic we utilize a comprehensive rehabilitation program specified for each individual’s needs to be established to receive the best results possible.
According to studies, back pain is the most common cause of disability in Americans younger than 45 years. Each year, 3-4% of the US population is temporarily disabled, and 1% of the working-age population is totally and permanently disabled. Back pain has been cited as the second most frequent reason to visit a physician for a chronic condition, the fifth most common cause for hospitalization, and the third most frequent reason for a surgical procedure.
Back pain of all sorts can be caused by injuries to several pain-sensitive structures, which include the disk, facet joints, spinal musculature, and ligamentous support. The pain can also vary; being described as dull, aching, sharp, shooting, throbbing, burning, traveling, and pressure-like. If you are having back pain of any kind that doesn’t resolve by itself in a couple of days, it is best to seek a back specialist to find out whats causing the pain and what can be done about it.
Physical Therapy treatment for back pain can include a wide range of techniques some of which are; therapeutic exercise, mobilization, traction, electric stimulation, ultrasound, heat or cold therapy, massage, and patient education on body mechanics and proper lifting.
Stabilizing and strengthening the lumbar spine is a key component in achieving and maintaining a healthy spine. At S&A Chiropractic we utilize a comprehensive rehabilitation program specified for each individual’s needs to be established to receive the best results possible. As always, prior to beginning an exercise program the individual should first consult with their physician.
You may be able to avoid back pain by improving your physical health and through proper body posture and movement. We are dedicated to educating our patients on safety tips and lifetime health choices. It is important to talk to a doctor before implementing any of your own solutions, especially when it comes to purchasing many of the products that promise to prevent or alleviate your back discomfort.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain according to the American Chiropractic Association:
Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening
Maintain proper posture.
Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.