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03-11-11, 09:28 PM
Chiropractic Treatment of Back Pain: Facts & Statistics

Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. (1)

A few interesting facts regarding back pain:

* 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. (4)

What Causes Back Pain?
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. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

Manipulation as a Treatment for Back Problems
Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) for the last century, manipulation 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. (5)

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. (6)

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges you to make an informed choice about your back care. To learn more about how chiropractic manipulation may help you, contact a Doctor of Chiropractic in your area or visit the ACA's Web site at www.acatoday.org.

Tips to Prevent Back Pain

* Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
* Remain active.
* Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
* Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities.
* 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 workstation is ergonomically correct.

Source: http://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/back-pain/low-back-pain/chiropractic-treatment-back-pain-facts-statistics

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03-12-11, 10:28 AM
In recent years, chiropractic has gone from being the bad boy of pseudoscience to being a respected alternative treatment covered by insurance and Medicare. It has certainly helped my back and hip pain, so there's a testimonial!

03-12-11, 12:06 PM
I have had so much help from chiropractic-I have mild scoliosis and I think chiropractic care has kept it from getting worse and relieves the stress on my neck and hips.

Jane Chitty
03-12-11, 01:59 PM
I am being looked after by a chiropractor at the moment for loss of some movement in my right leg between the hip joint and pelvis. Just two visits, and the daily exercises I have to do have made a big difference, and it is no longer painful to turn over in bed at night. So another testimonial.

03-12-11, 04:14 PM
When I started my natural health journey, I was pretty much in a wheelchair. I was losing use of my right leg due to scar tissue from back surgery pressing on the spinal cord. To make a long story short, when the neurosurgeon rudely told me to take my morphine, sit in the wheelchair and learn to deal with it, I called a chiropractor whom I had heard speak. Neurosurgeon said chiro would paralyze me...figured I was already in a wheel chair, it couldn't get much worse. Anyway, within a few months of chiro and diet change, I no longer needed a wheelchair. Within 6 months, I didn't even use a cane anymore. I continue to use chiropractic care and get substantial relief of back, neck and shoulder pain. It even helped a hip injury after a fall. I am very much a believer. However, you have to find one that listens to you, doesn't do a production line and use same treatment on every patient.