Low Back Pain and Chiropractic
Low back pain. Chiropractic care has been proven over and over again that yes, specific chiropractic adjustments can reduce your signs and symptoms of low back pain. The major premise to understand is that once the signs and symptoms of low back pain are eliminated, the actual healing takes place afterwards. Once your body is “pain free” you are able to heal and prevent your circumstances from happening again. Getting rid of the pain and symptoms is the first part, allowing your body to express your true potential by functioning at 100% is the GOAL! Chiropractic is not designed to make you feel instantly better. Chiropractic is designed to make you instantly heal!
Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal adjustments and treatment of surrounding structures. In fact, when patients with non-specific chronic low back pain are treated by chiropractors, the long-term outcome is enhanced by obtaining maintenance spinal manipulation after the initial spinal adjustment.
Some Facts About Low Back Pain
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.3
- Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives
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3. This total represents only the more readily identifiable costs for medical care, workers compensation payments and time lost from work. It does not include costs associated with lost personal income due to acquired physical limitation resulting from a back problem and lost employer productivity due to employee medical absence. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research,Rockville,