Natural Pain Relief. No Drugs. No Surgery
Studies show that patients who see conventional doctors for traditional treatment of drugs or surgery get a reduction in low back pain only half of the time after four weeks of treatment. But patients that get treatment with a chiropractor for low back pain get a reduction in low back pain 94% of the time after four weeks.
In fact, after an extensive study of all available care for low back problems, the Federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems
About 400,000 people in the United States undergo spine surgery each year. Of those who undergo open neck or back operations, recent surveys have discovered that 30–40 percent experience some form of complications after surgery.
According to University of California, Irvine Medical Center, of the 56 million Americans who have back pain, only 5 percent need surgery. Charles Rosen, M.D., clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine states, "An enormous number of back surgeries don't give patients long-term relief.” There's even a term for what happens when an operation doesn't improve a patient's condition — "failed back surgery syndrome," said to be the only diagnosis named for a treatment that hasn't worked.
Hi-tech images routinely uncover bulging discs and other scary-looking "abnormalities." Trouble is, those often have nothing to do with what's hurting. "If you took 100 people off the street and gave them MRIs, a third of them — even if they had no back pain whatsoever — would have obvious structural problems," says Dr. Rosen. At best, your doctor might be misled by your abnormal X-ray or MRI, or hope that the abnormality is the cause of your pain and that by fixing it, he'll make you better. At worst, says Dr. Rosen, "the doctor knows full well that the image could be a red herring, but the chance to 'fix' something, and get paid for it, is just too good to pass up."
Warnings Against Drugs for Musculoskeletal Conditions
The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical-specialty society in the world, updated its low-back pain treatment guidelines in 2017 to support a conservative approach to care for conditions like lower back pain and recommends spinal manipulation for non-invasive, non-drug therapy for low back pain.
As published in the Annals of Internal Medicine the guidelines state that only when such treatments provide little or no relief should patients move on to medicines such as ibuprofen or muscle relaxants, which research indicates have limited pain-relief effects. According to ACP, prescription opioids should be a last resort for those suffering from low back pain, as the risk of addiction and overdose may outweigh the benefits.
Americans are Choosing Chiropractic as #1 Choice Over Primary Physicians
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients in one year make an average of 425 million visits to alternative practitioners, mostly chiropractors, compared with 388 million visits to family physicians or other primary physicians. A New England Commission study found that many patients turned to chiropractic after other medical approaches failed to help them.
Chiropractic is Less Expensive than Conventional Medicine
Studies show chiropractic is an effective and less costly method of caring for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions (such as headaches, neck, back, shoulder, arm, and leg pain, or any discomfort relating to muscle spasms, strain and pain). A 40% to 50% savings result when chiropractic is the treatment of choice.
Replacing doctor visits for back pain with visits to the chiropractor could save Medicare $83.5 million every year, according to The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
Chiropractic is the Second Largest Doctoral Level Health Profession
Doctors of Chiropractic see the human body as all connected, and treat it as such rather than focusing on one part or organ. Their unique science works to relieve all kinds of conditions and ailments without drugs or surgery. With more Americans determined to seek safer treatment for their health, it’s understandable that chiropractic is growing so quickly. There are over 50,000 doctors of chiropractic practicing in the United States today, helping nearly 20 million patients, and making chiropractic the second largest doctoral level health profession.
What many people don’t realize, however, is just how long chiropractic has been one of the healing arts. While chiropractic has been around as a separate and distinct profession for a little more than 100 years, the concepts behind chiropractic have been around for centuries. Historians believe it was first practiced as far back as 2700 BC. The great Greek physician Hippocrates, who recognized the importance of spinal manipulation, was known to have said: “Get to know the spine for this is the center of many diseases.”