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If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States.Only headache is more common.
Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is the result of trauma to the lower back. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues.
Treatment for chronic back pain falls into two basic categories: the kind that requires surgery and the kind that does not. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of cases of back pain do not require surgery. In fact, according to most back surgeons, surgery for low back pain should be reserved for only medical emergencies such as cauda equina. The majority of back pain is caused by a mechanical problem or a problem with the way your spine is aligned.
Our doctors are experts in diagnosing the causes of these types pain. They will be able to offer you the proper course of treatment to help alleviate your pain and to ensure that you are not causing furthur damage to your back. Although you may want to try acetaminophen, aspirin, or other "pain killers" to help ease the pain, realize this is only a temporary solution and in fact could cause additional problems such as intestinal bleeding. What starts out as acute back pain could lead to chronic back pain if the pain last more than three months. You should address your pain as soon as possible to try to prevent a life long problem of your back.
The Dutch Health Insurance Board funded an investigation that summarized the results of 48 separate studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for chronic lower-back pain. The investigation determined that spinal adjustment is more effective than treatments suggested by general practitioners (bed rest, analgesics, and massage).
Two similar studies conducted in Canada in 1985 (University Hospital in Saskatoon) and 1991 (University of Calgary), plus a third study conducted in Poland in 1986 (Silesian Medical School), produced results similar to the Dutch investigation.
A report published by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research on acute low-back pain concluded that spinal adjustment is one of the most effective treatments for this condition. In another study published in 1994 by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Jefferson County (Missouri) Rehabilitation Center, it was concluded that greater and more rapid improvement occurred when treated using exercises and spinal adjustment for acute low-back pain.
A study conducted by the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and the University of Vermont was published in 1992. These researchers reported that spinal adjustment, when compared to other methods of treatment for acute lower-back pain (massage, corset, and TMS), proved to be a superior, more effective treatment after three weeks of care.
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