Can chiropractic care keep me from becoming a chronic back pain sufferer?

Scientists have not been able to pinpoint exactly what factors can turn a case of acute low back pain into a chronic condition. Studies show conflicting results. We do now for sure that movement and activity are the best way to manage acute low back pain. Advice to keep moving and stay active is the best thing any kind of doctor can give patients with acute low back pain.

Over the last 20 years, the idea that bed rest can help has been put to rest. There is no evidence that bed rest will result in fewer cases of chronic back pain. Other treatments such as injections, drug therapy, or biofeedback remain hotly debated.

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown effective in some, but not all, studies. It appears that chiropractors do a good job helping patients understand their back pain and how to get rid of it. Explaining the mechanics of back pain and giving patients an idea what to expect go a long way in helping patients recover.

Bill H. McCarberg, MD and Gladstone C. McDowell II, MD. Recent Advances in the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain. In Pain Medicine News. March/April 2007. Vol. 5. No. 2. Pp. Insert 1-7.

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