Chiropractic Care Most Valuable for Work Related Back Pain

By Debbie Nicholson

Workman’s Compensation update concludes chiropractic more effective

Just recently a study administered by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession concluded that chiropractic care had more effectiveness for common work related low back pain in comparison to treatments by physicians or physical therapists. In total chiropractic patients demonstrated lower medical expenses, less disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disabilities.

The study “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association with Disability Recurrence,” appears in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011, volume 53.

Researchers had compared incidents across health care providers who treat claimants with new incidents of work related lower back pain. After examining 894 workman’s compensation cases, the conclusion had been reached that preventive healthcare, mainly and specifically recommend by doctors of chiropractic, is linked with lower disability recurrences. As defined in this study recurrent disability is the renewal of at least 15 consecutive days of temporary total disability payments after the health maintenance stage which is the period after a patient’s recovery and patient restored to optimal health.

According to Dr. Gerard Clum, D.C., and spokesperson for the Foundation of Chiropractic Progress, chiropractic provides an efficient method to maintaining health, a vital element in preventing incidents of recurrence. The clear trend shown in this study demonstrates chiropractic care results in the best outcomes, and the method being used deserves the attention of both healthcare professional and consumer.

Among patients, ten percent endured recurrent disability due to lower back pain and the anticipated return to work or healthcare phase. Researchers after controlling demographic and severity factors compared the recipients care for mostly by physicians and/or physical therapists. Those who had been treated mainly by chiropractors had shown frequently better outcomes, less use of opioids (narcotic pain relievers), had less surgeries along with lower medical expenses.

In closing Dr. Clum adds that a “significant hypothesis derived from this study states that chiropractors may be instrumental in avoiding procedures or surgeries of unproven cost utility value or uncertain efficacy,”

Chiropractic care ranks in choices for alternative treatments due to their hands on approach and drug free therapies.

Chiropractic care not only relieves back pain during pregnancy but has been demonstrated to decrease the average time spent in labor. One of the greatest benefits a chiropractor can give a woman during pregnancy is that regular chiropractic care provides a properly balanced and open pelvis. This allows for greater room in which the fetus can turn into the correct position that eases labor.

Chiropractic care is over a hundred year old profession, is safe, effective and boosts the immune system. There is ongoing mounting evidence in science to prove the abilities of chiropractic care.

If you are unfamiliar with chiropractic care stop by a chiropractic office and talk to the doctor to find out more about their care and how they may help you and your overall health.

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