Chiropractors are shown to be helpful in dealing with low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and other syndromes related to the spine. If you have back pain, it's reasonable to make a chiropractor's office your first stop.
It is estimated that more people see chiropractors for back problems than for all other ailments combined. Chiropractic spinal manipulation has been recognized by the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research as an effective therapy for acute low-back pain. Chiropractic treatment has been found to be more beneficial to patients with persistent back and neck complaints than other forms of manipulation. Research in Great Britain found chiropractic to provide "worthwhile, long-term benefits" for patients with low back pain in comparison to hospital outpatient management. This study also found chiropractic benefits to persist for a three-year period, indicating long-term benefits. For patients with uncomplicated, acute low back pain, chiropractic has also been found to be effective. A cost comparison study of back-related injuries showed the number of work days lost for patients treated with chiropractic to be nearly ten times less than that of patients treated under medical care. Also, average compensation costs for chiropractic care were $68.38, compared to $668.39 for patients treated with standard, non-surgical treatments.
Traditional chiropractic therapy relies on spinal manipulation to correct subluxations, or misaligned vertebrae, which may be responsible for problems anywhere along the spine. According to practitioners, misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine can cause the joints to press on the spinal nerves, leading to direct pain in the back and possibly "referred" pain in other parts of the body. By helping restore motion to poorly functioning vertebrae, chiropractic therapy diminishes the accompanying pain and muscle spasm.
Chiropractic is a harmless therapy and, if it does not help you, you can always go to see an orthopedist. In fact, English orthopedists are also trained to manipulate the spine unlike their American counterparts.
The straight chiropractors, who confine their practice to dealing with the bony structures of the body, can provide a great deal of relief and a healing touch for many musculoskeletal problems. They are trained to recognize what they should treat and what they shouldn't treat.
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