I know what it is like to have back pain. At twenty four I started getting significant neck and low back pain. Later on I learned that the pain was linked back to a car accident that I had at seventeen, however it had only recently started hurting. I had gone to my primary doctor who said he didn’t see anything serious and gave me medication. Although this did help the pain, it didn’t do anything to fix the problem which just kept coming back. Finally a friend dragged me in to see his chiropractor.
I was skeptical to say the least but I needed to find an answer. I remember feeling a little better even after the first treatment and being surprised. After a few weeks I was moving better and my pain significantly decreasing. It wasn’t too long before I was saying, “Wow I had forgotten what normal was like”. This began my journey to getting well ( I had some other health issues also) and why I eventually even became a chiropractor. Today we treat many conditions, but low back pain is a big one.
Here’s what you might not know about low back pain and possible treatments. There is a lot of research to back up why a chiropractor should be your first choice if you have back pain. A 2005 study by DeVocht, Pickar, & Wilder concluded through objective electrodiagnostic studies (neurological testing) that 87% of chiropractic patients exhibited decreased muscle spasms.
He concluded that the finding were consistent with the perception that muscle spasms are associated with low back pain and can be alleviated by a chiropractic spinal adjustment (p. 470). His study validates the reasoning that treatment should not be delayed as it could prevent future problems or disabilities. In 2014 a study by Leeman, Peterson, Schmid, Anklin, and Humphrys considered herniated discs and radiculopathy (pain radiating down the leg) for analysis.
The study considered acute and chronic herniated discs in the low back. The acute onset patient (the pain just started) reported 80% improvement at 2 weeks, 85% improvement at one month, and 94% improvement at three months. The study went on to conclude that the patient stabilized at both the six month and one year mark after the onset of the original complaint. In 2010 McMorland, Suter, Casha du Plessis, and Hurlbertin evaluated patients with distinct one sided lumbar disc herniation’s as diagnosed via MRI and had associated radicular (pain down the leg) symptoms. Sixty percent of the patients who received chiropractic care reported a successful outcome.
This shows chiropractic can be an alternative to surgery or pain management as a treatment option. Chiropractic is one of the safest treatments currently available in healthcare. Whedon et al. (2014) based their study on 6,669,603 subjects and after the unqualified subjects had been removed from the study accounted for 24,068,808 office visits. They concluded, “No mechanism by which SM (spinal manipulation) induces injury into normal health tissues has been identified. If you are suffering, please contact our office to see if you are a candidate for chiropractic treatment.