The problem is large, the ailment common and to make matters worse those of you with lower back problems report 2.5 times more disorders, such as depression. Moreover, chronic back pain (pain longer than 12 weeks) is even associated with reduced mobility, quality of life, and longevity,11 along with increased rates of a variety of other health problems.12
Conventional medicine has found the treatment of low back pain to be quite challenging and chiropractic has to an appreciable extent filled the resulting niche.
Life Chiropractic has been delivering safe, effective solutions to back pain sufferers in the Port Melbourne and South Melbourne areas for almost 15 years. There is now little dispute amongst knowledgeable scientists that Chiropractic is of value in the management of back pain.”6
A powerful study illustrating the value of chiropractic care for chronic low back pain patients was performed at the University of Saskatchewan hospital orthopedics. The approximately 300 subjects in this study were “totally disabled” by low back pain, with pain present for an average of 7 years. All had gone through extensive, unsuccessful medical treatment before participating as research subjects.
After 2 to 3 weeks more than 80% of the patients had good to excellent results, reporting substantially decreased pain and increased mobility. After chiropractic treatment, more than 70% were improved to the point of having no work restrictions. Follow-up a year later demonstrated that the changes were long-lasting.
In another study of 2870 patients with acute and chronic low back pain who visited either medical or chiropractic physicians’ offices and received customary care, Haas and colleagues found consistent evidence of superior outcomes for those receiving chiropractic care.25 Acute patients demonstrated greater relief at all time points. A clinically important advantage for chiropractic patients was seen in chronic patients in the short-term, and both acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced somewhat greater relief up to 1 year. The advantage for the chiropractic group was prominent for chronic patients with leg pain below the knee.
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