It is estimated that 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Back pain is the most common reason for people missing work. In most cases back pain is musculoskeletal in nature meaning that the pain is caused by some type of mechanical stress, and not caused by a serious condition like fracture, infection, or arthritis.
The back has many moving parts. When these parts are compromised it causes mechanical stress and results in musculoskeletal pain. Chiropractors specialize in restoring motion to the joints and reducing the mechanical stress, which results in pain reduction.
Both the American College of Physicians and Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) have recommended chiropractic care for treatment of low back pain. Many studies have shown that chiropractic manipulation is just as effective for back pain treatment as prescription medication, but chiropractic care comes with far fewer side effects. Patients that see a chiropractor for their back pain treatment tend to heal faster and have less occurrence of relapse.
With the increase in Opioid use the FDA has published a blueprint for healthcare providers in hopes to increase provider awareness of safe and effective conservative treatment options. In this blueprint the FDA recommends “A number of nonpharmacological therapies are available that can play an important role in managing pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain and chronic pain; (Specifically including) Complimentary therapies i.e. acupuncture and chiropractic.”
Because most back pain is mechanical in nature it makes sense that restoring motion and reducing the mechanical stress will reduce pain more effectively than just taking medication. If you are experiencing back pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Canada today.