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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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Chiropractic Deemed Safer than Medical Care for Seniors

Learn more about how Chiropractic Care has been studied and proven to be safer and more effective for Seniors, when compared to traditional medical care.

Many researchers have determined that chiropractic care can safely and effectively treat various spine-related issues. The American Chiropractic Association has listed multiple studies on their website that demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of chiropractic when relieving (and at times resolving) back and neck pain, headaches, and more.

Determining Safety and Effectiveness for Seniors

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“Researchers set out to determine whether chiropractic was as safe and effective for senior patients as it is for more younger patients encountering these kinds of issues.”

While this is beneficial news for experts practicing spinal manipulation, researchers set out to determine whether chiropractic was as safe and effective for senior patients as it is for more younger patients encountering these kinds of issues. They set out to in search of their answer, which was determined by means of a retrospective cohort study funded by NIH and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which was consequently reported on in Spine upon its conclusion.

Researchers needed to determine whether the connection between the potential risk of injury to individuals 66 years of age and older while receiving chiropractic care was higher than, lower than, or equivalent to the risk of injury to this same age group after experiencing medical care from their primary doctor. To discover their answer, they examined information on Medicare B patients who visited their primary doctor in 2007 for a neuromusculoskeletal issue, assessing their risk of injury seven days after treatment.

 

Study’s Conclusion

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“Seniors receiving chiropractic care had a 76% reduced rate of injury inside seven days of treatment.”

Researchers found that seniors receiving chiropractic care had a 76% reduced rate of injury inside seven days of treatment when compared with subjects that met with their primary doctor because of a neuromusculoskeletal issue. Additionally, researchers called attention to males in the study that were considered seniors, and those with a higher Charlson co-morbidity score were at a higher risk of damage inside a week after being diagnosed with a neuromusculoskeletal issue.

Furthermore, certain medical conditions increased the risk of injury, even after chiropractic care. Due to this, professionals are advised to consider whether treatment by means of spinal manipulation is best for “patients with coagulation defects, inflammatory spondylopathy, osteoporosis, aortic aneurysm & dissection, or [those who have engaged in] long term use of anticoagulant therapy” as increased risk of injury may not be justified, regardless of the potential advantages.

 

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