Acute Back Pain Effectively Treated by Chiropractic Care

Learn more about how chiropractors are successfully treating the symptoms of acute back pain, while saving patients both time and money

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently released statistics on acute back pain. Their information noted that 80 percent of the population suffers from back-related issues at some point in their lives. Furthermore, their study reports that 31 million citizens living in the United States deal with daily chronic back pain. With such staggering numbers, one begs the question, “What can be done to help reduce the number of people suffering from a back-related issue?”

 

What can be done to treat Acute Back Pain?

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A new study suggests chiropractic care treats acute back pain.

When reading similar reports, patients may feel as though back pain is inescapable, making the search for preventative treatment pointless. Fortunately, one recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) seems to suggest otherwise. Their study suggests that as long as a treatment plan includes chiropractic care, acute back pain can be prevented.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a comprehensive review and analysis conducted by 10 medical professionals from universities, medical centers, and healthcare systems across the United States. The primary inquiry this group set out to answer was, “Is the use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) in the management of acute (≤6 weeks) low back pain associated with improvements in pain or function?” The medical group investigated 26 different clinical trials, with a timespan from January 2011 to February 2017. These clinical trials involved Spinal Manipulative Therapy for 1,711 different patients.

 

Results of the Study

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Chiropractic care can save families both time and money when treating acute back pain.

The medical group noticed that in 15 of these studies, Spinal Manipulation Therapy statistically significantly benefited the patients. It was also effective in lowing their levels of back pain. Additionally, almost half of those 26 different trials (12 in all) discovered positive effects in functionality for 1,381 patients. This is when compared to alternative treatment methods or incorrect chiropractic care.

Studies do note that 50 to 67 percent of participants experienced muscle stiffness, headaches, or increased pain after SMT. However, no serious adverse events occurred as a result. This only solidifies the safety of chiropractic care, while also confirming it as a legitimate option for the treatment of acute back pain.

This study is important, as a recent statistic from the ACA states that 50 percent of the working population experienced back pain in the previous 12 months. This only serves to confirm that one effective way of treating these symptoms and keeping families on their feet is through a process that treats their back pain effectively. Consistent Chiropractic care can do just that for a patient. Chiropractic care can save families both time and money due to the avoidance of unnecessary medical bills. This may also allow families to enjoy doing the things they love together.

 

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How Negative effects of Sitting can be Reversed

Discover the negative effects of prolonged sitting and how movement throughout the day can reverse decreased cardiovascular function

Many of us currently hold jobs that require us to sit at a work station all day. Unfortunately, when sitting in one place for an extended period of time with little movement, we can do damage to the health and wellbeing of our own bodies. We evolved to move and remain active, however that is hard to do in our current work environment. This begs the question: How can one maintain their health while working a desk job?

 

Impacts on One’s Health

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“…prolonged periods of sitting decreases the flow of blood to the arms…”

A study from the University of Missouri investigates the impacts that sitting has on one’s health. Researchers began by examining 11 healthy young men before and after a long period of sitting. Researchers found that remaining seated for long periods of time decreased the flow of blood through the legs. What may come as more a surprise is that prolonged periods of sitting decreases the flow of blood to the arms, as well.

After remaining seated for 6 hours, researchers asked the 11 men to walk for 10 minutes. Afterwards, they found that their short stint of activity reverses the effects that 6 hours of sitting has on the legs. However, this did not seem to improve the cardiovascular function in the arms of the participants. You can improve your overall circulation with stand-up desks and exercise breaks. Both have shown to reverse the negative effects that prolonged sitting has on the body.

Though this study was performed on younger adults, the same results may not be achieved for seniors. At the end of the day, the conclusion that can be made from this study is that movement throughout the day is beneficial to your body if you work a desk job.

 

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Why your Teenager may suffer from Poor Posture

Learn more about slouching and the negative impact that it could have on your teenager in the future, and what can be done to prevent it

Do you remember hearing that infamous phrase “Sit up straight!” when you were younger? Do you remember wondering why it was so important that you sat up straight, and how much you hated being told to do so? How many times have you said this to your own particular child or teenager on any given day? There’s reason for that famous saying, and it may be more important than you think. If you develop a habit of poor posture as a child or teenager, you may be setting yourself up for multiple back issues and pain later on. As a result, researchers conducted a study in order to better understand slouching in young children and teenagers.

 

The Focus Group

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researchers found that a male teenager was more likely to slouch than a woman.

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine asked 1,596 teenagers to fill out questionnaires about their way of life, psychosocial profiles, and experience with back pain. In addition to these factors, researchers also asked that they report their Sagittal sitting posture, body mass index (BMI), and back muscle endurance (BME). These researchers found that young men were more likely to slouch than young woman were.

 

Results and Conclusions

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“Teenagers who slouch have a higher tendency to have a weaker lower back…”

Sitting in front of the TV, having a higher BMI, and a lower self-esteem only increased the chances of teenagers developing a form of slouching. In addition, teenagers who slouch have a higher tendency to have a weaker lower back, as well as an irregular standing position and increased back pain. Researchers also indicated that teens who suffer from back pain while seated scored lower on a child-behavioral test. It should be mentioned that the degree of slouching and BME were less related to back pain than those factors mentioned previously.

This evidence suggests that there is more to the saying, “Sit up straight,” than people might realize. It spans way beyond a proper posture, but rather, prevents unnecessary back pain in the future. Encouraging a healthier way of life and inspiring confidence in your child or teen could assume a major part in correcting their posture. If you are concerned that your child or teen may be suffering from poor posture, consider visiting a Chiropractor to assess their sitting and standing posture.

 

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Study Proves Chiropractic is Cost-Effective for Seniors with Neck Pain

Learn more about one study that researched and discovered cost-effective treatment options for seniors living with chronic neck pain

While the vast majority long to be financially secure in their later years, unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the current trend. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that more than 25 million of our country’s 60+ year old’s are considered “financially unstable.” Furthermore, they’re report that most live at or below the federal poverty level, which is just shy of $30k a year. Financial insecurity often implies deciding which bills get paid in the first, which bills remain unpaid, and what items or services they can do without. These services can often include treatment options relating to one’s overall health. With many seniors suffering from chronic neck pain, in addition to other ailments, researchers have set out to discover cost-effective cures for patients seeking affordable health care.

 

Financial Security and your Health

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One study has unveiled that chiropractic can be an alternatively cost-effective treatment for seniors struggling with common chronic neck pain.

Occasionally, taking care of their own wellbeing doesn’t always make the cut. However, one study has unveiled that chiropractic can be an alternatively cost-effective treatment for seniors struggling with common chronic neck pain. The study was supported by the National Institute of Health and Health Resources and Services Administration and, in it, researchers set out to conclude the cost-effectiveness of three distinctive treatment choices: Home Exercise and Advice (HEA), HEA joined with Spinal Manipulative Treatment (SMT), and HEA accompanied with Supervised Rehabilitative Exercise (SRE).

 

Cost-Effective Treatment Options

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SMT and HEA together “resulted in the greatest reduction of neck pain and disability, and the most gains in QALYs.”

Results were distributed in the November 2016 version of The Spine Journal and, among those examined were 241 people. Their ages ranged from 65 or older and they were located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The participants suffered from chronic mechanical neck pain, and to be eligible, had to rate their pain a “3” on a 0-10 torment scale for three months or more. Additionally, the pain had to be joined by firmness or delicacy in the cervical spine.

 

When participants were chosen, they were relegated to one of the three treatment groups for a total of 12 weeks. The HEA-only group received 4 one-hour sessions in which they were told which activities would cause and how to them self-heal their pain. The HEA + SMT group received the same treatment, in addition to up to 20 sessions with a chiropractor. The HEA + SRE group also received four direction sessions, coupled with 20 one-hour sessions, improving upon exercises thanks to the advice from an exercise therapist.

 

The expenses of the treatments and their viability were monitored for one year, with data being calculated at the one, three, and six-month periods, in addition to the end of the study. According to the results, researchers determined that SMT and HEA together “resulted in the greatest reduction of neck pain and disability, and the most gains in QALYs” (quality-adjusted life years). Moreover, this joined treatment method was five percent less costly than HEA alone and 47 percent lower than SRE and HEA combined when considering both immediate and indirect expenses. In conclusion, chiropractic can be a part of a cost-effective, yet effective treatment plan for seniors who fall at or below the federal poverty level.

 

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