Long Cold Season of BACK PAIN
Nothing is more welcome after the dark cold winter than the first signs that
spring is coming. Nothing is more welcome after a bout if severe back pain than
the first signs that relief is coming.
Most people suffer back pain at some time in their life. People involved in
stressful activities such as contact sports or jobs with a lot of sitting or
heavy lifting are more apt to suffer back pain.
Muscle relaxants may provide temporary pain relief, but do not address the
cause. Commonly prescribed drugs also have side effects, including the risk
of abuse. Surgery is available, but be warned, there are major risks here, too.
As reported in the Washington Post in 1995, "Surgeons perform more than
250,000 lower back operations each year, yet health officials think much of
the surgery is unnecessary." This article also emphasizes that the complication
rate for surgery is extremely high.
Conservative chiropractic care is very strongly recommended. For back pain
sufferers, chiropractic is like the first signs of spring. In the opinion of
many research scientists, doctors and average citizens: chiropractic is the
conservative care of choice.
In the March 1998 issue of McCall's Magazine, the author talks about
a study, which found "patients to have more relief from chiropractors than from
muscle relaxants" that medical doctors prescribe. New government guidelines
point patients toward a chiropractic clinic as the first place to seek the answer
for their back pain.
In 1994, the Federal Agency for Health Policy and Research guidelines for
low back pain concluded that spinal "adjustments," chiropractic's
main treatment technique, is one of very few treatments whose value is backed
up by much well-done research. It was considered a better choice than surgery,
drug therapy and other conventional treatments,
In 1997, 20,000,000 adults used chiropractic because of its effectiveness
and because of the satisfaction they felt with their previous care or the satisfaction
of someone who recommended they seek chiropractic care.
Perhaps, it is time to check out chiropractic and see if you, too, can have
a healthier happier spring. Call us today for an appointment.