There seems to be a pill for everything these days. We live in a convenient magic pill society where everything is solved by a tiny pill; it seems almost too good to be true. Well, sadly, it is, and many people are facing severe repercussions because of these “magic pills”, especially with regard to pain medications, or painkillers as we often refer to them. Lasting effects can be, but are not limited to, dependency, endless increases in dosages due to increased tolerance, liver damage, ulcers, decreased brain function, and this just names a few.
Let’s first discuss pain. The direct and indirect cost to society of lower back pain has been estimated to be approximately $50 billion annually. In fact, lower back pain is the most common cause of disability in people under the age of 45, and of the $27 billion spent on all musculoskeletal trauma, $16 billion is spent in the management of low back pain, with more than half of that $16 billion being spent on surgical treatment.
Health care practitioners have long debated over which type of treatment is the most effective for chronic lower back pain (CLBP). A recent landmark study, published in the prestigious medical journal Spine, has put another nail in the coffin of this debate. Fro years the medical profession has demanded more evidence in the form of randomized controlled clinical trials demonstrating the effectiveness of chiropractic care for CLBP. Well, the evidence is in and what chiropractic patients and chiropractic physicians alike have known for decades has been demonstrated!
In the study published by Spine, 115 patients experiencing lower back pain for at least 13 weeks duration were randomly assigned to receive one fo three interventions: medication, needle acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation.
One of the study’s most remarkable findings was that patients in the chiropractic manipulation group reported a 47 percent improvement, compared to only 15 percent for the acupuncture group and 18 percent for the medication group.
“in summary, the significance of the study is that for chronic spinal pain syndromes, it appears that spinal manipulation provided the best overall short-term results”.
If you or someone you know is suffering from lower back pain, you may want to consider being evaluated. Please contact our office today to schedule your evaluation. You have nothing to lose but your back pain!