Harvard Medical School: Chiropractic Should Be Your First Option For Back Pain
Chiropractic Is Your First Line Of Defense Against Back Pain.
Harvard Medical School’s (yes, that Harvard) new spinal care guidelines reinforce the importance of chiropractic care as the first line of treatment for low back pain. They’re just the latest to join a long line of mainstream medicine organizations that includes the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and the American College of Physicians (ACP) to come out in support of chiropractic care in their latest guidelines when it comes to back pain. “In most [back pain] cases you won’t need a specialist,” says Harvard-affiliated rheumatologist Dr. Robert Shmerling, and a good place to start is with your chiropractor who can assess your pain and in most cases treat it.
At Ascent Chiropractic, we’re constantly reminding our Brookfield-area patients that the order of priority for treating back and neck problems should be chiropractic first, drugs second, and surgery only as a last resort. Chiropractic is one of the best ways to naturally and safely improve your musculoskeletal health, with a growing body of research showing that chiropractic is the best choice for patients suffering from both acute and chronic back pain and neck pain.
What’s more, Harvard Medical School has also recently come out in vocal support of chiropractic care for conditions beyond back pain:
“Most research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation for back pain. Chiropractic treatment for many other problems—including other musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia—has also been studied. A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.”
Since you shouldn’t try to diagnose your own back pain, your first call should be to a doctor who specializes in finding and treating the cause of your back pain: your chiropractor. 35% to 42% of people with their first episode of back pain will consult a chiropractor as their entry point to treatment.
The Ascent Chiropractic Difference
At Ascent Chiropractic, we utilize hands-on spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, postural strengthening exercises and active rehabilitation to relieve back pain, improve function, and help the body heal itself. And if we can’t help, we’ll sort out whether you should be in their care or the care of a physical therapist or medical doctor and refer you appropriately. Ready to get rid of back pain and activate your health? Make an appointment by calling us at 262-345-4166 or via our online scheduling app.
Read the full article at Harvard Health.