Studies are showing that chiropractic care for low back pain may be the best choice you can make. It is estimated that eight out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. A recent study on the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the United States estimated that 40 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 will experience "frequent" low back pain (LBP), with 15% suffering from LBP lasting up to two weeks at a time. There is no clear-cut way to resolve back pain; however, chiropractic care seems to offer the most promise.
Let's consider the results of a recent study comparing one-month outcomes for 93 chiropractic patients and 45 medical patients suffering from chronic, recurrent low back pain. Chiropractic care included spinal manipulation and various forms of physiotherapy with an average of four visits per patient. Medical care patients averaged one visit which frequently included prescription of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Patients treated by chiropractors showed better overall improvement and satisfaction after one month than patients treated by family physicians. Chiropractic patients showed substantial decreases in pain severity, functional disability, and pain quality, while medical patients showed only minimal improvements with regard to the first two measures, and deterioration in the third.
If you're suffering from low back pain, the road to recovery may not be an easy one, but it begins with chiropractic care! Patrick Chiropractic in Raleigh is here to provide excellent chiropractic care to help alleviate your low back pain. Take that first step and call our office today at 919-790-2288 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dale Patrick.
Nyiendo J, Haas M, Goodwin P. Patient characteristics, practice activities, and one-month outcomes for chronic, recurrent low-back pain treated by chiropractors and family medical physicians: a practice-based feasibility study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
, May 2000: Vol. 23, No. 4, pp239-45.