According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 80% of Americans experience back pain in their lifetime. Back pain is the leading cause of reasons for missed work in the United States and it is the single leading cause of disability, worldwide. In most of these cases, back pain is not caused by a serious condition such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fraction or cancer and can be treated with holistic solutions.
Too often, Americans are given the choice of drugs or surgery as the solution to this back pain. There is a third option, chiropractic care.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases. Most back problems can be taken care of with nonsurgical treatments.”
There have been multiple studies finding that chiropractic care, with its drug-free and non-invasive focus on spinal manipulation, results in:
- Better outcomes
- Lower costs
- A much higher degree of patient satisfaction
Several studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of spinal manipulation as a treatment for lower-back pain. One of these studies involved three colleges for chiropractic treatment in California, where researchers reported that “the trend for spinal manipulation to produce better results than any form of treatment to which it was compared was consistent and strong.” For 86% of the outcomes, spinal manipulation was more effective than any other treatment rendered for lower-back pain.
Additional studies conducted both in and out of the United States yielded similar results, where patients reportedly recovered at a more rapid rate, had fewer relapses, and gained a new sense of confidence in their movement.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
- Continue your exercise routine – under the care of and supervision of your doctor
- Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
- Warm up or stretch before physical activity
- Maintain proper posture.
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Sleep on a mattress with medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
- Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
- Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that computer work station is ergonomically correct.
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