Low Back Pain
Although chiropractors treat more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, and experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives. OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, reports that back pain is the #1 cause of missed work in the work place.
Because the back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, you can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results.
Seeking chiropractic care is a newly acknowledged option for a treatment plan. Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic for the last century, adjustments have been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently. Now, with today’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, adjustments are receiving more widespread attention. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are a safe and effective way to treat back pain. 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 adjustments as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.