Lower back pain is the fifth most common reason that people go to the doctor. Studies have suggested that half of working Americans suffer from back pain each year. According to a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, an estimated 25 percent of American adults reported that they suffered from back pain for at least a day within the last three months.
According to MedicalNewsToday, a new review of existing research finds that spinal manipulation–the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform on you–is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers.
The article notes that patients with back pain frequently turn to painkillers, which can cause side effects and be addictive, or to physical therapy, which is time-consuming and expensive. The new review looks at a third option spinal manipulation.
“The effectiveness of this therapy has long been controversial,” the study states. “Some proponents are slowly starting to view it as effective for chronic low-back pain. The results of this review will support that view.” The researchers found that spinal manipulation worked about as well as the other treatments. It appears to work well in particular for certain kinds of patients, Rubinstein said, including those with restricted movement in the back, those without psychological issues, and those without symptoms below the knee related to the sciatic nerve.
The findings appear in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library. The journal is a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.
If you are suffering from lower back pain and don’t want to have to rely on medication with possible side effects, talk to a reputable chiropractor to see if chiropractic care can help. Although I have never treated with a chiropractor, my wife and daughter (and hundreds of my clients) swear by them.
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