Should You Go with Chiropractic Care or Traditional Medicine?

Low Back PainMost people suffer with low back pain at some point in their lives. You’re probably one of them. Maybe low back painyou sit too long or you’ve had an injury. In some cases back pain can be incredibly disabilitating, rendering it painful to sit or stand for even short periods of time.

Back pain affects nearly everyone at some time. Ford Motors found employees’ back pain cost the company $80-$90 million a year, mostly from disability payments.

It’s clear this is a problem.

If you’re suffering with low back pain, you may have tried steroid shots, loaded up on pain meds and you may be considering surgery. Yet, before you head into surgery, you may want to take a step back and review other options first. There’s mounting evidence that an integrated approach of massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care can help you faster and more effectively.

Even many doctors say back surgery typically takes weeks or months of recovery time and doesn’t often work.

On the other hand, a natural approach like chiropractic care can relieve your low back pain quickly and effectively. A recent study in the prestigious journal Spine reported that study participants experienced better results with chiropractic care for their low back pain. They could move easier and decreased their pain with the first treatment in some cases.

Traditional Medical Approach to Low Back Pain

The traditional approach is to recommend regular steroid shots. The idea is that the epidural steroid injections reduce inflammation. In some patients they work just fine. In others, they don’t work at all.

Sometimes, doctors recommend surgery. That’s a process that can leave you bedridden for weeks as you recover. And, it still doesn’t get rid of the pain.

An Integrated Approach

Meanwhile, evidence is piling up that for many patients, using acupuncture, massage and chiropractic treatments may offer more relief.

In a 2009 paper presented at a the Institute of Medicine Summit says healthcare saved millions on unnecessary back surgeries when people used chiropractic care.

In Doylestown, Pa, Dr. Jeff McQuaite treats patients with low back pain.