The inevitable has happened, and you're suffering from back pain.
Don't worry, you're not alone, because 80% of people will develop back pain at some point in their lives.
Back pain accounts for over 264 million sick days every year, and it is the leading cause of disability around the world.
If you haven't suffered from back pain yet, the odds are not in our favor.
Luckily, most back pain is temporary. Most cases are gone within six weeks.
Back pain can flare up again from time to time, and it can even become chronic. That's when the real issues arise.
So what are the best treatment options for back pain that just won't go away?
Many people start out with a medical doctor who will evaluate the symptoms and treat it with a prescription or over-the-counter medication.
In more extreme cases, they will refer the patient to a back surgeon to correct the problem.
Is that the best course of action, though?
Many people are skipping the medical doctor altogether and choosing to see a chiropractor instead.
Chiropractors are known for their care of back pain, that often achieves results equal to or better than pain medications or surgery, without the side effects.
So what has made chiropractic care a popular choice when it comes to relieving back pain?
In the article below, we will discuss surgery, drug therapy, and chiropractic care as options for treating back pain.
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When it comes to certain kinds of pain, medication isn't always the best way to manage.
Perhaps it's the easiest, but it's not always the best.
Studies have shown that patients who choose to undergo chiropractic treatments and exercise regularly were more than twice as likely to reduce their pain or even eliminate it compared to those who chose to take medication.
Apart from whether or not it works, most medications, especially painkillers, have unpleasant and often dangerous side effects.
We've all seen the drug commercials that have a list of potential side effects that is longer than the list of benefits. That's what we're talking about here.
Even over the counter medications can cause unwanted problems.
For example, even Tylenol has been linked to serious health issues like pancreatitis and impaired liver function.
Ibuprofen can upset the stomach and can cause rebound headaches in migraine patients.
And perhaps worse of all, prescription drugs have a tendency to be highly addictive, which leads to overdose.
The Center for Disease Control has even declared opioid addiction and overdose in the United States to be an epidemic.
If there's a chance exercise and chiropractic care can ease or eliminate your back pain, why would you expose yourself to all the risks that come with pain pills?
Surgery should almost always be the last line of defense against back pain.
Any treatment that can help a patient avoid invasive surgery is an optimal alternative, and chiropractic care provides just that.
People who see a medical doctor first instead of a chiropractor are much more likely to end up with a surgeon.
Just about 43% of medical patients eventually have surgery, compared to only 1.5% of chiropractic patients.
That is an enormous difference.
That means that if you see a medical doctor instead of a chiropractor, you are 28 times more likely to have surgery, than you would if you went to a chiropractor.
In addition to the obvious invasiveness of the procedure as well as recovery time and probable physical therapy that would go along with it, there are many other downsides to surgery.
The time and money required, pre-surgery appointments, post-surgery appointments, recovery, and physical therapy can be significant.
A primary concern in hospital settings is the risk of Clostridium difficile, or C-diff. C-diff is bacteria that can cause C. diff colitis, an inflammation of the colon or large intestine that can make you very sick.
It can be passed from person to person, but people who take antibiotics can also come down with it.
Antibiotics are often given when a person undergoes surgery.
Chiropractic treatment gets right to the issue instead of treating symptoms.
Painkillers often only mask the pain, doing nothing to treat the underlying issue.
Chiropractors will treat the underlying issue of what brought the patient to their office by designing a treatment plan tailored to each individual patient.
They will also recommend the following:
- exercise routines
- adjustments that should be made to their diet
- overall lifestyle changes the patient should make.
The entire-body approach that chiropractors take also empowers patients to make lifestyle adjustments that aid in their care and healing.
Many patients end up taking ownership of their own health and pain management so they can feel more in control.
Chiropractors take a natural, holistic approach to pain management by bringing the body back into alignment, allowing the body to function at optimal levels.
Chiropractic care also comes free of any side effects.
Contact Your Chiropractor Today
If you're suffering from back pain, seeing your chiropractor first is in your best interest.
Your chiropractor will get to know you and your situation, get your medical history, and perform a full physical exam to help them tailor a treatment plan for you.
They can even order imaging services like x-rays if necessary.
Once the treatment plan is in place, they can also recommend exercises and stretches you can do on your own, dietary improvements, and any lifestyle changes you should make.
Your chiropractor aims to treat you as a person, not just the symptoms you come in with.
If you're ready to see a chiropractor, contact the team at the Arrowhead Clinic.
They have years of expertise and experience treating people with back pain.
They're ready to help you today.
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