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We are now facing an epidemic of lower back disability in all western societies…and there is now sufficient evidence to demand the fundamental reappraisal of our basic strategy of management for low back pain.
Hurt on the job? You’re not alone-millions of people are suffering from all type of job injuries ranging from the stress of working in a bad position to improper lifting or carrying to falls and other trauma. Among the most common on-the-job injuries is spinal injury.
That’s one of the reasons why 85 percent of the population will experience disabling low back pain at least once during their lives! That’s almost all of us. The problem is so bad that any one time, according to one researcher, 6.8% of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more than two weeks, with the estimated cost of lower back problems in the U.S. being over $50 billion a year.
Workers’ compensation plans reveal that more than twice as many claims are filed for back “sprains and strains’ than any other category of injury. Although 30% of all claims are for back problems, the chronic (long-term) nature of these conditions give rise to 60% of all compensation paid.
The standard medical approach to back pain varies depending on the severity of the condition. Usually muscle relaxers, painkillers and rest are prescribed sometimes in conjunction with traction, diathermy, ultrasound, hot packs, cold packs and other procedures.
Surgery may be resorted to if all else fails. The medical approach is at times necessary. Surgery, however, has its attendant problems. According to some studies, more than half of all spinal surgery for lower back problems should never have been performed. Many people who have had back surgery report a recurrence of their symptoms within a year or two of the operation and may return to the operating table. In some cases the surgery makes no difference whatever. And in some cases it does give long-term relief.
Chiropractic has been a blessing to millions with back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs and surgery. And yet chiropractic is not a treatment for back problems. The chiropractor’s job is to make the spine healthier by correcting vertebral subluxations and relieving spinal nerve damage. This may make the difference between health and disability, comfort and pain.
Claims from 10,000 cases (1985-86) showed: under standard medical care the patient was disabled for 59 days; under chiropractic: 39 days. Because of the shortened disability time, the average cost of chiropractic care was less than half that of medical care for the same conditions.
A study of 3,062 back injury claims revealed chiropractic cost a fraction of what medical care would have cost. People under medical care returned to work after 21 days; those under chiropractic returned to work after 3 days.
An Oregon study revealed that under medical care 41% could return to work after one week, but under chiropractic care 82% were able to return to work after one week.
500 people sent to medical doctors and 500 sent to chiropractors. The chiropractic patients returned to the job after 15.6 days while those under medical care remained disabled 32 days.
“Scientific studies…show that doctors of chiropractic relieve chronic and severe pain, both immediate and long term, in one half the time it takes medical physicians not trained in chiropractic procedures…controlled empirical studies can and have been conducted. There are now in excess of 60 scientific studies which demonstrate the value of manipulation…a most effective and cost-effective form of treatment for dysfunctional problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines.”
Studies have shown chiropractic to be more beneficial and cost-effective than standard American medicine for lower back complaints. It would therefore appear that the prudent thing for those with back injuries and lower back sprain/strains would be to consult with a doctor of chiropractic before resorting to medical treatments which cost more, are less effective and are more traumatic to the body.
Why does chiropractic have such an enviable record in low back pain? Because painkillers, muscle relaxers, braces, physical therapy and surgery are not designed to correct vertebral subluxations-chiropractic is!
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the vertebral subluxation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.
Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation-a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness and disability.
A healthy spine can improve your life-see you chiropractor for periodic spinal checkups.
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