Today we are going to talk about the top three reasons people live with back pain.
Studies show that the majority of people that have an episode of back pain continue to suffer pain and disability one year later. So rapid and effective management of back pain is more likely to prevent pain from becoming chronic or recurrent.
Unfortunately we find that people wait a long time before they come to a chiropractic office to get help and we are their last resort. They are usually referred by a friend or co-worker that has heard them complaining and finally talked them into coming into the office since Chiropractic has helped them.
NUMBER ONE REASON:
The number one reason people live with pain is that they did not seek Chiropractic care.
They did not know that Chiropractic treatment is highly effective in treating headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica and many other disorders involving the joints, nerves and muscles.
The findings from the 1993 Canadian Government commissioned study by the Ontario Minister of Health concluded:
- “spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments” for back pain.
- “chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management” of back pain
- “chiropractic management of back pain is more cost-effective than medical management” of back pain
- “patients are very satisfied with chiropractic management of low back pain and considerably less satisfied with physician management”
Even with chronic pain and a degenerated, arthritic spine there is a lot that Chiropractic can do to get you out of pain and moving again.
NUMBER TWO REASON:
The number two reason that people tell us that they live with back pain so long is that they are afraid the treatment is painful and involves “cracking”.
Well Chiropractic has evolved like everything else and most offices offer many other options other than “cracking”. The goal is to restore motion to the spine and get movement into the joints to get you out of pain and back to everyday life and this can be accomplished using many different methods.
Some offices offer flexion-distraction tables that are specially designed to stretch, mobilize and traction the spine. This is safe and effective everyone and especially for seniors with degenerated spines and bone loss as well as for patients with painful disc bulges and sciatic leg pain.
NUMBER THREE REASON:
And the third reason they wait so long is that they did not know whether it was a chiropractic problem or not.
Most offices will offer a Complimentary Consultation where there is no charge and no obligation. You meet the doctor and go over your individual health problems and concerns and they will let you know if it is a chiropractic problem that they can help you with or one which requires referral to another health professional.
So take the management of your back pain into your own hands and don’t just take pain killers or muscle relaxants to mask the pain or follow a wait and see approach. People, including health professionals, tend to be down on what they are not up on. The NDP don’t recommend the Liberals, Pepsi doesn’t support Coke and organized medicine has been unjustly critical of the chiropractic profession.
In 1995 the United States Supreme court upheld a $20 million dollar judgement against the American Medical Association for unlawful attempts to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession. They were also ordered to remove all barriers to access and allow hospital privileges to Chiropractors.
If you’re suffering from back pain, please contact our Nanaimo Chiropractor clinic.