If you are suffering from acute low back pain and aren’t sure where to turn for help, then we encourage you to read this post. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in April 2017 shares that chiropractic care – specifically spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) – offers significant “improvements in pain and function for up to six weeks with no serious adverse side effects.”
Here is the article that shares the results of this study.
The study in question is titled the Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain. Its goal is to analyze the safety and effectiveness of SMT when used on people with lower back pain, with very encouraging conclusions – improvements in pain levels and function.
In related news, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released updated guidelines that “recommend first using non-invasive, non-drug treatments, including spinal manipulation, before resorting to drug therapies” for back pain. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) House of Delegates voted to adopt the low back pain treatment guidelines recommended by the ACP, along with Clinical Compass guidelines that are chiropractic-specific.
Drug-Free Treatments: Chiropractic Treatments
Chiropractic treatments are, by their nature, drug-free methods – and it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives to pain medications. Testimony given before the U.S. Senate in 2014 by the National Institute of Drug Abuse revealed that approximately 2.1 million people in the United States were dealing with substance abuse issues related to opioid medications in 2014.
Opioids are causing 91 overdose deaths every single day in the United States, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just releasing information that suggests the death toll is still being underestimated. In fact, more than half of the deaths in this new study (conducted in Minnesota) were not specified as drug-related in that state’s cause of death totals, even when it was a contributing factor. Drug-related deaths are being considered by one expert as “almost an iceberg of an epidemic.”
People dying from opioid overdoses are male and female, urban and rural, with ages ranging (in the study being discussed) from 16 to 82. Find more information about this news story here.
These daunting statistics are what led the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) to issue the following statement: “The public needs to be reminded that there are drug-free approaches such as chiropractic that, if tried first, may reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications. Chiropractic is an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain.”
And, research conducted by Dr. Jim Lehman of the South California University of Health Care Sciences indicates that, if “you’re going to a chiropractor, you are 55% less likely to use an opioid.”
Need a Chiropractor for Lower Back Pain in Rock Hill?
At Kimble Chiropractic Center, we investigate and locate the underlying causes of your pain. We start by taking a complete case history and conducting a thorough exam, focusing on your spinal structure and function. We then use carefully directed and controlled pressure to address the problem. When our patients have chiropractic treatments, they often respond dramatically to the drug-free relief that we provide.
You can find more information about how we use chiropractic treatments for lower back pain. And, to get started, you can contact us online to make an appointment or call Kimble Chiropractic Center at 803-327-6155 today.