Better Your First Choice, Not the Last Resort for Spinal Pain
Chiropractors all over the world frequently have new patients confide in them
that they are in the chiropractor's office because, They've "tried everything
else". These people have seen a slew of doctors of every specialty. These
new patients have an unhealthy familiarity with over-the-counter pain relievers
and anti-inflammatories. They likely have as much experience with prescription
drugs. They arrive with several pounds of x-rays and a diagnosis from Mayo Clinic.
They really have tried everything else. Some have undergone one or more spinal
surgeries. X-rays reveal rods and screws and wires along with the expected bones.
This leaves the chiropractor at somewhat of a disadvantage. We chiropractors
can help effect a great deal of beneficial change in people's spines. Our practices
are full because of the expertise chiropractors possess to work toward realigning
misaligned painful spinal joints and returning the body to maximum function.
However, once there are rods and screws involved we can only work with the existing
healthier joints. We can maximize what is there; we just can't do anything about
replacing what health and mobility has been permanently lost. Of course, we
are more than willing to do the very best we can with what we have.
This article suggests to you that chiropractic may often be your first choice
for spinal health care. It can also be your last resort, but what makes chiropractic
a superior option from the get-go is that it is non-invasive. Chiropractic
also works simply to help the body's natural inborn ability to heal. Workers
Compensation studies have time and again shown that chiropractic care for back
pain is less costly than other options and returns the employee to work more
quickly. A recent Rand study defined chiropractic as the primary option for
many low back pain sufferers.
The facts are mounting in chiropractic's favor from patient satisfaction to
long-term pain relief. Please consider, also, that there is no expensive hospital
stay or drug side effects to be concerned with when experiencing the benefits
of chiropractic spinal adjustments. Often, results seem miraculous to people
who have suffered long and hard.
Contrast this with the information released by the Cochrane Collaboration,
an international network of health-science research volunteers. This group,
after reviewing clinical studies, reports on what is and is not supported in
the scientific literature. In a recent article printed in Spine, the
Cochrane Collaboration reported findings on surgical treatments for several
types of low back conditions which showed good evidence for some types of spinal
surgeries, but little or no evidence for others.
Just this information alone might make a back pain sufferer look to the less
invasive options for correcting the cause of back pain. We are asking you to
be informed consumers. We are suggesting, again, that chiropractic should be
the first choice which is better than the last resort.