One of the most common areas of pain is lower back pain. Treatment can range from medications to injections to surgery.
The problem with these treatments is that they are not always effective and have the burden of side effects. For example, opioids, which are prescribed for lower back pain, are now causing an epidemic in overuse and overdose.
Due to the nature of these treatments, chiropractic is becoming the go-to treatment. Chiropractic has been recommended by the FDA, Joint Commission and American College of Physicians for lower back pain.
Chiropractic care doesn’t require the use of drugs or invasive techniques. Chiropractic treatment methods can include a combination of adjustments, manipulation, massage and exercise and lifestyle recommendations.
A study published in the JAMA Network Open evaluated the effectiveness of chiropractic care for lower back pain.
This study had 806 patients with lower back pain get treated. They were treated with either medical care alone or medical care plus chiropractic care for 12 weeks.
The results for patients who received medical care plus chiropractic care were significantly better than those who just received medical care alone. Patients who received chiropractic care reported greater relief from lower back pain and physical disability.
This study shows that chiropractic care can be effective in helping patients relieve lower back pain.