Four Reasons to Try Chiropractic First! Part 2

Chiropractic is a great way to naturally and safely improve your health! Many studies show that chiropractic is the best choice for patients suffering from acute and chronic back pain.

  1. Chiropractic prevents future episodes of low back pain. Low back pain is a condition which continues to be one of the costliest work place injuries in the United States in terms of treatment and disability costs. With work related non-specific low back pain, chiropractic has been found to be superior at minimizing disabling recurrence of back pain after an initial episode when compared to both physical therapy and medical treatment.1
  2. Chiropractic saves you money.
    A 2012 study reviewed eight clinical and economic databases and determined that spinal manipulation (adjusting) was a cost-effective treatment for the management of both neck and back pain when used alone or in combination with other techniques. This study compared spinal manipulation to primary care with an MD, exercise and/or physical therapy and supported the use of spinal manipulation as a cost-effective treatment when used alone or in combination with other treatment approaches.2, 3
  3. Chiropractic is more effective than epidural injections for disc herniations.Epidural injections are used to treat disc herniations and other conditions causing low-back pain. However, these injections may only provide temporary relief, and may have side effects like dizziness, headache, and weakening of the spinal bones and muscles.To determine whether patients could avoid epidurals, a study was performed that compared the effectiveness of epidural injections to chiropractic adjustments. 76% of the chiropractic patients reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment, compared to 62.5% of the epidural injection patients. Chiropractic patients also had better improvements in pain with 60% of chiropractic patients having significant reductions in pain, compared to 53% of the epidural injection patients.Additionally, chiropractic patients had lower medical costs, with an average savings of 23%! 4
  4. Chiropractic is the best option for sacroiliac joint pain with up to a 72% success rate for those using chiropractic care. Issues with the sacroiliac joint can cause both severe back pain and even sciatica.Spinal manipulative therapy (adjustment) was successful in 72 % of patients and sacroiliac joint injection was successful in 50% of patients while physical therapy was successful with 20% of patients. 5

References 1. Cifuentes M, Willets J, Wasiak R. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011: 53(4): 396-404.

2. Martins B, et al. Medical Care 2012: 50(12):1029-1036. doi:10.1097/MLR.obo13e318269eob2

2. J Electromyography Kinesiology. 2012 Oct;22(5):655-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.02.011. Epub 2012 Mar 18. Spinal manipulation epidemiology: systematic review of cost effectiveness studies. Michaleff ZA1, Lin CW, Maher CG, van Tulder MW.

2. Peterson, CK, et al. JMPT 2013; doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.005

2. Visser L, Woudenberg N, European Spine Journal 2013 (online) doi:10.107/s00586-013-2833-2