Studies Confirm: Chiropractic Care Works for Back Pain

For low back pain suffers, new research offers an old solution: chiropractic manipulation is more effective as a treatment for back pain than common treatments like painkillers. What the researchers found that chiropractic manipulation, "appears to be no better or worse than other existing therapies for patients with chronic low-back pain," the review says. However, the found that it was particularly effective with certain patients, including those with restricted movement in the back, those without psychological issues, and those without symptoms below the knee related to the sciatic nerve.

 

Chiropractors typically employ spinal manipulation, or what people think of as, “back cracking.” According to Dr. Rubinstein, who headed the review, "The effectiveness of this therapy has long been controversial [however] some proponents are slowly starting to view it as effective for chronic low-back pain. The results of this review will support that view." 

Back pain is a very common complaint, and according to a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 25% of American adults reported suffering back pain for at least a day over the past 3 months, and is the fifth most common reason people go to the doctor. 

There are other treatment options for low back pain to consider of course.  These include exercise, manipulation, acupuncture, yoga, massage, cognitive behavioral therapy and some of the analgesic medications. Exercise can be particularly helpful because it has other health benefits in addition to moderate pain relief for low back pain sufferers. 

If you suffer with chronic low back pain chiropractic care may be a useful treatment option to consider. Talking it over with your physician can be a smart choice to consider if you want to avoid surgery or dependence on pain killers. 

 

Source: Health Behavior News Service

 


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