Back Pain Greensburg, PA
All of us would agree that low back pain is a huge inconvenience and is something that can greatly impact our daily lives. According to the National Institute of Health, 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. The NIH goes on to say that it is the largest contributor to work-related disability and is one of the top reasons that people miss work. So if you are one of the people that happen to be suffering from low back pain what are your treatment options? The two main routes that most people take are: pain killers and surgery. Let’s take a look at each of these options and understand them inside and out.
Let’s begin with pain killers, they offer temporary relief to a long-term problem. Pain killers do not get to the root of the problem and fix it but instead just cover up the symptoms which makes it “feel” like the problem has been resolved. However, the underlying issue still remains and those that choose to go this route are forced to continuously up the dosage or seek out stronger drugs in order to get the same temporary relief. Because this option doesn’t actually do anything other than numb your body to the pain, your tissues will continue to degrade and the actual issue that first caused you to feel low back pain continues to get worse and worse. If this weren’t bad enough many of these drugs have a strong propensity for addiction; so now you still have the low back pain and you are also addicted to these drugs and depend on them to get you through each and every day, not very appealing.
Let’s move on to surgery, the most permanent of all treatment options, the changes to the human spine that result from these surgeries cannot be undone. According to a 2016 study from the Journal of Pain Research, 74.6% of low back surgeries fail to relieve the pain. The fact that only a mere quarter of people that undergo back surgery actually experience relief is appalling. The medical community has literally had to name this occurrence ‘Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome.’ These statistics and the fact that this terminology exists are quite frightening and should give you all of the reason in the world to at the very least exhaust all other treatment options before considering going under-the-knife.
With all of the above information in mind there is another option that has not only proven to be safer but also more effective, chiropractic adjustments. There are many studies that support the use of chiropractic care for low back pain and here is one of the most recent. A study found in the JAMA Network Open in 2018 involved the treatment of 750 active-duty military members. Half of them received standard care which included: pain meds, stretches to do at home, and physical therapy. The other half received the same standard care with the inclusion of up to 12 chiropractic treatments. The results of the study speak for themselves, the group that received chiropractic adjustments: reported lower pain levels, increased function and decreased disability, they were more satisfied with care, and they required significantly less pain meds.
Low back pain is a signal that your body is not functioning correctly and if left unchecked the damage can be permanent. Chiropractic is a conservative approach that has shown itself to be incredibly effective at getting rid of low back pain and getting you back to doing the things you love.