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Benefit of Chiropractic Care versus Only Standard Care for People Suffering with Low Back Pain

Chiropractic care provides many meaningful benefits to patients.  For those familiar with chiropractic care, you know the medical benefits of utilizing our services.  For those individuals who may prefer standard care and haven’t given chiropractic care a chance, a recent study published by Goetz CM, Long CR, Hondura CR, et al. shows that chiropractic care in conjunction with standard care offers exceptional results versus standard care alone.  The study found “[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”

If you are experiencing low back pain and haven’t given a chiropractor a chance, stop in our Plano Chiropractor office to see how we can relieve your pain.  Our goal is to provide the best individualized patient care to each and every one of our patients.  I look forward to seeing you in the near future.

How a Chiropractor can help your Back Spasms

Plano Chiropractor provides relief from back spasmsWhen the muscles supporting the spine are overworked they can cause a back spasm. When the muscles contract near the nerve root it can cause serious pain. Back spasms can inhibit your daily life and you may find that completing the simplest of tasks becomes extremely difficult and painful.

When you overstretch a muscle it can become very tender or inflamed. Sudden movements can frequently cause your back to spasm and can become extremely painful. Among other things that can increase your risk of suffering a back spasm are:
•    Weak stomach muscles
•    Tight hamstrings
•    A tipped pelvis
•    An exceptional curvature of the lumbar spine
•    A back condition such as arthritis or spinal stenosis

Typical back spasm treatments usually involve resting the back first, then as it heals starting to strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Bed rest is not typically recommended for the long term, as it can sometimes increase the healing time. While resting, experts recommend that you lie on your back on the floor with a pillow under your knees, or with your knees bent and your legs resting on a chair. Anti-inflammatory tablets are recommended, such as ibuprofen. However, try to avoid taking them long term as they can have negative effects on your liver. You can also apply heat for 20 to 30 minutes at a time to help soothe the back muscles.
Spinal Subluxations May Be Causing Muscle Imbalances…

After your back has healed and you have an increased range of motion it is a good idea to visit your chiropractor. Your chiropractor will be able to remove any subluxations that may be occurring in the spine and causing imbalances of the muscles. They can also create a rehabilitation plan that will be customized to your personal needs. Regular chiropractic adjustments along with a structured rehabilitation program will help to prevent the spasms and pain from returning.

Best Strategy to Use for Back Pain Relief

Plano Chiropractor provides relief from low back painChiropractic has received an important endorsement from America’s most trusted rating organization. Consumer Reports has named Chiropractic as the top-rated treatment for the relief of back pain in survey results gathered from over 14,000 people.

Low back pain is one of the most common physical ailments with over 80 percent of people in the United States reporting that they have been bothered by this discomfort at some point in their life. For some 50 percent of these people, the pain has severely limited their activities, caused sleep loss, and interfered with their sex life and the ability to control their weight.

The Consumer Reports survey queried 14,000 of their subscribers who had experienced lower back pain in the previous year and had never had surgery for the condition. Some 50 percent of this group indicated that the pain was severe enough to limit their daily activities for one week or longer. Recurrence of back pain sometime during the year was reported by 88 percent of these people.

Chiropractic treatment received the highest endorsement for both pain relief and consumer satisfaction of all modalities surveyed. People who said they were helped a lot by Chiropractic number 58 percent. At 59 percent, Chiropractic received the top marks from people who were asked if they were “highly satisfied” with their treatment.

On the other hand, primary care physicians were rated at the bottom of the survey list with just 34 percent of patients saying they were satisfied with their treatment. Physical therapists also fared well in the survey earning a 55 percent satisfaction score. Acupuncture was just behind at 53 percent.

“For the treatment of back pain, few options are better than Chiropractic,” says the Glenn Manceaux, D.C., who is the president of the American Chiropractic Association. “As shown in this latest survey, Chiropractic spinal manipulation is an evidence-based and effective treatment for lower back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries. Coupled with the high levels of patient satisfaction, patients should turn to Chiropractic as their first choice.”

It is interesting to note from the survey that many of the persons with lower back pain had sought help from five or six different sources in their attempt to find relief. In the end, the majority of these people found the greatest relief and satisfaction from the drug-free, non-invasive treatment options provided by a chiropractor. More frequently than not, low back issues can be reduced or resolved via a combination of Chiropractic manipulation, rehabilitative exercises and lifestyle counseling.

It is actually quite common for a person with lower back pain to experience some immediate relief from Chiropractic. Often this occurs during their first visit to a chiropractor. Long-term help is often achieved when the patient follows a personalized treatment plan developed by their chiropractor who is trained in spinal manipulation, exercise rehabilitation, nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

People with low back issues would be wise to see a chiropractor first. Why try five or six other remedies when Consumer Reports says the best place for real help and consumer satisfaction is waiting in the treatment room of a chiropractor?