Chiropractors provide effective and natural therapy for mechanical low back pain.  This is mainly due to the fact that chiropractors utilize treatment methods that correct and improve the mechanical imbalances of low back disorders.

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and expensive injuries affecting our society.  More specifically, about 85% of the working population will experience low back pain some time in their lives, [1] with 7% becoming a chronic injury.[2]  This may not seem like much, yet it is this minority that has become a financial burden for our health care system.  It is estimated that only 5% of those with low back pain account for 75% of the health care costs for this condition.  Direct health care costs for low back pain are estimated to be around $30 billion per year in the U.S and this does not include the indirect costs due to lost time at work.[3]  In Ontario alone, low back has direct and indirect costs amounting to $1.2 billion a year.[4] Chiropractors are the experts in the mechanical assessment and treatment of low back pain. 

 

Causes of Low Back Pain

The most common form of low back pain is referred to as non-specific low back pain.  The underlying cause of this type of low back pain can be due to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, or nerves of the low back.  Typically, it is a combination of these spinal structures that contribute to the overall pain felt in the low back.  The reason for this is due to the fact that these structures are all involved in the mechanics of (apply forces that support and move) the spine. Luckily, these mechanical causes of low back pain are not life threatening and can be effectively treated with conservative treatments.  However, there are instances where low back pain is not mechanical and is actually caused by a serious underlying pathology.  Therefore, it is important that you reach out to a health care provider to find the cause of your pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:
 

[1] Jill A. Hayden, Maurits W. van Tulder, Antti V. Malmivaara, and Bart W. Koes Annals 2005 142: 765-775. Meta-Analysis: Exercise Therapy for Nonspecific Low Back Pain

 

[2] Witt C, Jena S, Selim D, Brinkhaus B, Reinhold T, Willich S, et al. Pragmatic randomized trial evaluating the clinical and economic effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic low back pain. American Journal Of Epidemiology [serial on the Internet]. (2006, Sep), 164(5): 487-496.

 

[3] Chou R, Qaseem A, Snow V, Casey D, Cross J, Owens D, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society [corrected] [published erratum appears in ANN INTERN MED 2008 Feb 5;148(3):247]. Annals Of Internal Medicine. (2007, Oct 2); 147(7): 478. .

 

[4] Ontario Chiropractic Association, 2004.  Manga P, Angus D, et al. (1993).  The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic management of low-back pain.  Statistics Canada.  Health status of Canadians:  Report of the 1991 General Social Survey, Ottawa, 1994.

Low Back Pain

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