According to recent estimates, around 60%-80% of adults in the United States are affected by lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. Job-related disabilities are closely associated with back pain. People often use self-care remedies such as applying heat and pain relievers to deal with the pain. But pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic. That’s when you should seek treatment. The good news is that most back pain can be treated without surgery. Chiropractic manipulation is an effective, non-invasive treatment for back pain.
Your back is supported by bones, nerves, muscles and soft tissues. Strain or bulging discs lead to back pain. An article in the April 2013 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that chiropractic therapy can be effective to resolve lower back pain, though medication may be necessary to reduce the inflammation. Surgery is usually recommended as the last resort and may be considered when other therapies don’t work.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) funded research on spinal manipulation reveals that chiropractic care can have positive long-term effects on people suffering from lower back pain. An examination of scientific evidence on manual therapies in 2010 revealed that spinal manipulation is helpful for back pain and several conditions such as migraine, neck-related headaches, and more.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that a detailed study by a federal government research organization, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, also recommends chiropractic manipulation as a safe and effective initial treatment for acute lower back pain.
While there is conclusive evidence that chiropractic care can improve lower back pain conditions, it’s important that you get treatment at the right facility. Locate a professional multi-specialty healthcare center with qualified, licensed and trained chiropractors. It’s important that the specialist you consult has experience in lower back pain treatment. Make sure to discuss any medical issues you have and medications you are taking. This will help your chiropractor create a customized treatment plan for your condition.