More than 85% of low back pain is considered “non-specific”, meaning there is no known serious underlying pathology.
In other words, the pain you are feeling is coming from the function of your spine and the supporting anatomy around your spine, such as muscles, joints and nerves. This is often caused by SUBLUXATIONS.
In the minority of cases, low back pain can be caused by pathology such as cancer, fracture, extremely herniated discs, spinal stenosis and infection.
Correction of misalignments called SUBLUXATIONS in your spine result in positive outcomes for both acute and chronic low back pain.
Once under control, your chiropractor can help you with preventative strategies by addressing your lifestyle and environment.
Your chiropractor will also be able to help identify any rare pathologies that could be causing your back pain and make a referral where appropriate.
Patient satisfaction with chiropractic
Numerous studies have shown chiropractors to rate among the highest in patient satisfaction.
This high satisfaction is related to the overall effectiveness of care, patient communication and providing useful advice and information.
The costs of chiropractic
Several studies have shown the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care vs. traditional medical management of low back pain. One large study demonstrated 60% fewer hospital admissions, 59% fewer hospital days, 62% fewer outpatient surgeries and procedures and 85% fewer pharmaceutical costs when the patient’s primary care physician was a chiropractor.
With healthcare spending rising at an alarming rate, the need for savings has never been greater.
Chiropractic Approach VS Medical Approach
Removing interference, allowing self-healing and addressing root causes in lifestyle and environment
Very few side-effects, minor in nature
Cost-effective and sustainable
Higher patient satisfaction
Wellness and prevention model
Removal of pain by masking symptoms or altering the natural state of the body
Side effects very common, vary from minor to severe
Costly and unsustainable
High patient satisfaction
Diagnosis and treatment model
Conservative before invasive
In most cases, chiropractic care should be used as a first line of defence for back pain, since side effects are low and treatment methods are natural for your body.
Traditional medical approaches using drugs and surgery have their place, however, should only be used in a small percentage of cases considering the nature of most low back pain.
Studies have shown that in most cases, long-term patient outcomes are no better with invasive surgical procedures compared to conservative care with chiropractic, meaning that avoiding the high cost and associated risk of surgery is usually a good bet!
A wellness approach
It’s important for you to realise that chiropractic is not a “cure” for low back pain.
In reality, your body does all the healing; chiropractors are there to help ensure proper alignment of your spine and freedom of your nervous system, which maximises your body’s ability to heal itself.
As always, it’s important to realise that true wellness and health comes from the combination of many lifestyle choices – your chiropractor will be able to help you form effective lifestyle habits to reduce further episodes of back pain.
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