At some point in their lives, 8 of every 10 people will suffer from low back pain. This year alone the economic impact of back pain in the US will exceed $100 million! The good news is that chiropractic care can be incredibly effective for back pain relief.
In fact, The US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recently appointed a panel of medical experts who reviewed some 3,900 studies on care for acute low back pain. The panel rejected bed rest, surgery, corticosteroid injections, and prescription pain-killers and muscle relaxers as poor recommendations for treating back pain. Instead, they recommended spinal manipulations, performed by a chiropractor, as a significantly better option.
Even the American Medical Association supports this chiropractic-first position. A 2013 article published in JAMA stated unequivocally that chiropractic and other conservative treatments should be tried before other invasive measures are considered.
If that sounds like common sense, it is, but it’s only recently that the AMA has come out publicly in support of chiropractic as a better option than invasive procedures. Healthcare professionals across the board now recognize that chiropractic is a safe, cost effective, and efficient method of treatment for patients suffering from lower back and neck pain.
What Does Chiropractic Treatment For Back Pain Involve?
At Ascent Chiropractic, Brookfield chiropractor Dr. Grant Radermacher utilizes gentle, hands-on spinal manipulation to restore proper alignment to the body’s musculoskeletal structure, thereby returning proper mobility to joints restricted by swelling and spasm caused by an injury, such as a fall, or repetitive stress, such as extended sitting with poor posture.
Other therapies such as Active Release Therapy (A.R.T.), Cryotherapy, Kinesio Taping, Trigger Point Therapy or Intersegmental Mobilization may also be used. In addition, while our initial goal is back pain relief, we put emphasis on stabilization and prevention of future injuries through implementation of exercise and posture education.
Chiropractic care for back pain has proven to be so effective that a 1993 report issued by the University of Ontario, Canada found chiropractic care of low back pain superior to all forms of medical management in terms of safety, evidence of effectiveness, evidence of cost, and patient satisfaction.
The Big Picture
It is important to be proactive in the treatment of low back pain conditions. Those who delay seeking treatment are more likely to prolong the road to recovery. Gentle, precise chiropractic care at Ascent Chiropractic offers Brookfield back pain patients an effective and drugless means of preventing, decreasing, and in many cases eliminating the cause of their pain.
If you’re in the Milwaukee, Brookfield, Wauwatosa or New Berlin areas and suffering with low back pain, we’d love to help. To make an appointment at Ascent Chiropractic, call 262-345-4166 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduling app.