Four Reasons to Try Chiropractic First!

Crosby Chiropractic St. Peters

Four Reasons to Try Chiropractic First!

Chiropractic is a great way to naturally and safely improve your health.
Many studies show that chiropractic is the best choice for patients
suffering from acute and chronic back pain.
1. According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical
Association dated April 24 th , 2013, surgery is not usually needed and
should only be considered if more conservative therapies fail.
“Many treatments are available for low back pain. Often exercises and
physical therapy can help. Some people benefit from chiropractic
therapy or acupuncture. Sometimes medications are needed, including
analgesics (painkillers) or medications that reduce inflammation.
Surgery is not usually needed but may be considered if other therapies
have failed.” 1
The information in JAMA reinforces the American Chiropractic
Association’s (ACA) position that conservative care options should
serve as a first line of defense against pain and reminds doctors of what
was recommended by the American Medical Association in their Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality Guidelines on Low Back Pain. 2
The American Medical Association recommends chiropractic before
surgery for low back pain!
2. A recent study showed that 42.7 percent of workers compensation
patients who consulted a surgeon as their first doctor had surgery while
only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor first had surgery. 3
This study validates that seeing a chiropractor FIRST for your low back
pain can help you minimize your risk of needing surgery for your low
back pain!

3. Chiropractic helps older patients with back pain as it is especially
effective for managing such conditions as spinal stenosis, failed low
back surgery, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the spine.
Long-term use of opioid drugs usually does not improve functioning for
patients with chronic low-back pain. However, nondrug therapies,

including spinal manipulation may play a role in improving chronic low-
back pain. While most of these patients will not become pain free they
may, realistically, be able to focus on improving function in addition to
reducing pain. 4, 5

4. A new study published in the journal Spine, suggests that if you have
low back pain you are better off getting chiropractic than taking NSAIDs.
The study, revealed that chiropractic adjustments are more effective
than non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for easing back pain. While both
the active treatment groups improved, patients receiving spinal
adjustments were significantly better off than patients taking medicine.
The chiropractic subjects experienced greater improvements in physical
function, reduced time off work, and reduced need for rescue
medication, leading researchers to conclude that “spinal manipulation
was significantly better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and
to placebo pills.” 6
These findings add to the rapidly growing amount of research that is
revealing that chiropractic is more effective than drugs for back pain
and sciatica.
While drugs temporarily dull the pain, they do little to treat the root of
the problem and may actually enable you to do things that the pain
would prevent you from doing, potentially causing further injury.
Chiropractic, on the other hand, relieves symptoms while addressing the
underlying cause of pain and restoring function.

1. Goodman D, Burke A, Livingston E. Low back pain. JAMA patient page April 24, 2013; 309 (16):1738.
2. www.guidelines.gov/content.aspx?id=35145
3. Keeney BJ et al. Spine 2012 doi:10.1097/BRS.ob013e3182814ed5
4. Learman K, Showalter C, O'Halloran B, Cook C. JMPT 2013; 36(5):284-291,
5. NCCAM Pub No.: D409 Date Created: April 2008 Last Updated: April 2013
6. von Heymann, et al. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back
pain: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial in comparison

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