Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints for many people. The site of most back pain is found at on the lower back which carries most of the weight. The most usual causes of low back pain are sprains and strains due to improper lifting, excess body weight, and poor posture.
For many people, it lasts only a few weeks whatever treatment is used. But for others, the pain becomes chronic and debilitating. Low back pain (LBP) is well recognized as one of the most prevalent and costly problems in the US healthcare system. Approximately 80% of individuals will experience non-specific LBP in their lifetime and 75% will experience lingering problems one year after onset.
Chiropractors primarily perform adjustments to the spine or other parts of the body to correct alignment problems and support the body's natural ability to heal itself. Not only chiropractic care specifically treats the pain, but also, it is associated with strength and motion that enhances general function and improves quality of life. When seeing a chiropractor, it is important to tell about any physical problems or disabilities you have aside from LBP.
A form of therapy called, spinal manipulation, is the application of controlled force to a joint, moving it beyond the normal range of motion. It is used by chiropractors to reduce pain, increase mobility, and restore biomechanical and anatomical relations between spinal segments to facilitate rapid recovery. Spinal manipulation therapy can prevent the onset of a chronic disorder associated with immobility which results in successful recovery especially if combined with exercise and good body mechanics. Chiropractic treatment takes approximately 3-6 weeks to treat patients with nonspecific and uncomplicated low back pain and up to 10 weeks for those with more severe cases.
In clinical outcomes, chiropractic patients with low back pain were more satisfied than those who were medically treated. There are also several studies that have shown patients report higher satisfaction with chiropractic care than medical care.
According to a survey, chiropractic treatment received the highest percentage of patients having 59% who were highly satisfied compared to any other treatments, including physical therapy (55%), acupuncture (53%), massage (48%) and treatments from specialists (44%) and primary-care doctors (34%). It was found that hands-on treatments are very helpful with the patients suffering from low back pain.
Low back pain may be common, but each patient has their unique experience with their pain. It is appropriate to use biopsychosocial measures to individualize treatment than to use a “one size fits all” approach. Multiple efficacious treatments also introduce greater opportunity for choice which may bring a positive outcome for a patient's treatment.