Chronic low back pain presents an incredible treatment challenge for doctors. A recent study evaluated outcomes in 2 different means of treatment for chronic low back pain; chiropractic care and treatment at a pain clinic. Chiropractic care produced better results for both pain and disability, in other words, the patients being treated by chiropractors had significantly less pain and greater function than patients being treated through the pain clinic.
There are two important concepts to keep in mind with this study;
1) Chiropractic is probably the safest treatment modality available for people with low back pain. Contrast this to a consistent profile of side-effects that goes along with drug-treatment at a pain clinic, and,
2) Chiropractic care offers long-lasting relief because it improves the body's function. Pain-killers for pain are like having a problem with your car and putting in earplugs--you still have the problem, but you become less aware of it. A hallmark of studies that compare chioropractic to drugs is that chiropractic patients maintain their benefits, whereas people using medication loose their benefits within hours of discontinuing there meds--whether researchers are looking at headache, low back pain, or neck pain, this holds true.
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Read the study here.