Back pain is common from car accidents
Sooner or later, an amazing 8 of every 10 people in America will suffer with upper or lower back pain. So many people have found relief from through chiropractic care that chiropractors often are thought of as back doctors. Of course, they do specialize in care of the spine, but spinal problems can cause not only back discomfort but all sorts of health problems throughout your body.
• strain to the muscles of the back (paraspinal muscles)
• spinal disk herniations or bulges of the vertebral discs
• degenerative disc disease
• degenerative joint disease, also know as osteoarthritis
• fractures caused by trauma to the thoracic or lumbar spine
Still, chiropractic care is indeed effective for back conditions. In fact, The US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recently appointed a panel of medical experts who reviewed some 3,900 studies on care for acute low back pain. The panel rejected bedrest, surgery (except rare cases), injections into the back, and all oral prescription drugs (such as antidepressants or steroids). In contrast, they found that spinal manipulations, which usually is performed by a chiropractor, “can be helpful for patients with acute low back problems”. For more information on back pain click here.
Studies on chiropractors and back pain
There are fewer studies on long-term chronic back disorders than short-term acute back disorders. Still, a recent study in the respected medical journal, Spine found chiropractic care beneficial for ongoing chronic back pain. The traditional approach for patients with chronic back problems has been back pain school to teach patients how to cope and live with the pain. Chiropractic care was compared to back pain school in this study, and the chiropractic group did significantly better. The researchers concluded, ” spinal manipulation is clinically useful in chronic pain patients who have been suffering for seven weeks or more.” Many forms of treatment may alleviate back pain, which include some combination of the following: therapeutic exercises, mechanical traction, therapeutic stretches, electric muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and cryotherapy, or heat therapy.
Chiropractic is proven to get results for back pain
So many scientific and government studies have proven the effectiveness of chiropractic care for back pain. An example is the government of Ontario in a 216-page study of all available evidence. They find chiropractic care of low back discomfort to be superior to medical management in terms of safety, evidence of effectiveness, evidence of cost, and patient satisfaction.
If you or anyone you know wants to get the safest, most effective, least expensive, and most satisfying care for low back conditions, consult one of our chiropractors at Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of South Florida.
Christopher Connell, “Back Pain,” The Associated Press, December 8, 1994. J. J. Triano, et al., “Manipulative Therapy Versus Education in Chronic Low Back Pain,” 1995, Spine, Vol. 20, No. 8, pp. 948-955 (as reported by D. Chapman-Smith, September 1995, The Chronic Report, Fumia Publications, Toronto, Canada, Vol. 9, No. 5, p. 6) P. Manga, D. Agnus, et al., (1993) “The Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain,” Pran Manga and Associates, University of Ottawa, Canada (as reported by Chapman-Smith, September 1993, The Chronic Report, Fumia Publications, Toronto, Vol. 7, No. 6, p. 3).
Back pain treatment in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties:
Our goal at Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of South Florida is to provide our patients with an exceptional experience when they walk through our doors. Quality services are the least we can provide to help patients through the stressful times after a car accident. We also provide transportation to each of our offices for any auto accident complications. Call Dr. Michael White for a chiropractic evaluation today at 855-954-2273.