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Chiropractic Manipulation Best Option For Low Back Pain, According to Patient Survey

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The American Chiropractic Association

In light of a new survey showing that chiropractic spinal manipulation is the top-rated treatment for people suffering with back pain, patients should consider a consultation with a doctor of chiropractic, says the American Chiropractic Association.

A leading consumer product rating and survey publisher released the survey results of more than 14,000 Americans on April 6.

The survey rated doctors of chiropractic as the top practitioner, with survey respondents noting that they were more likely to be “highly satisfied” with the care received from their doctor of chiropractic (59 percent) than their primary care physician (34 percent).

“For the treatment of back pain, few options are better than chiropractic,” says ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC. “As shown in this latest survey, chiropractic spinal manipulation is an evidence-based and effective treatment for low-back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries. Coupled with the high levels of patient satisfaction, patients should turn to chiropractic as their first choice.”

To compare which treatments helped most, survey respondents were asked to rate a comprehensive list of potential remedies as well as their satisfaction with the health care professionals they visited. Most survey respondents had tried five or six different treatments on average, and many found that their back pain interfered with their daily activities, including sleep and their sex life.

Doctors of chiropractic provide drug-free, non-invasive treatment options for many types of pain and inflammation. For example, chronic back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches can often be reduced with the appropriate combination of chiropractic manipulation, rehabilitative exercises and lifestyle counseling – all of which are offered by doctors of chiropractic in a patient’s personalized treatment plan.

A significant amount of evidence has shown that the use of chiropractic care for certain conditions can be more effective than traditional medical care, with many patients feeling improvement shortly after their first chiropractic visit.

By |April 11, 2009|News|5 Comments

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  1. Sacramento Chiropractic April 23, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The chiropractic adjustment always has been #1 and always will be!

  2. Dr. Kate Crews April 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Another safe and pain-free way to treat chronic back pain, without the dangers of surgery, is SPINAL DECOMPRESSION.

    Over 40 years ago, research began to be pioneered by Dr. James Cox, which today has revolutionized both the Osteopathic and Chiropractic disciplines. His painstaking work has demonstrated thousands of successful recoveries from back, neck, leg, and arm pain (in scientific journals) without surgery or drugs.

    I’m proud to have traveled and trained under Dr. Cox myself and, in addition to being certified in all his techniques…ours is the only office in this are offering his newest instruments for decompression of the neck and upper back, in addition to the lumbar spine.

    There are 4 Proven, positive, sustainable, and sometimes life-changing 0effects:

    1. Increasing Disc Height (improving disc circulation)
    2. Decreasing pressure on the disc center (up to 192mmHG)
    3. Increasing space for the exiting spinal nerves
    4. Restoring normal joint motion

    I would look into this method of treatment BEFORE SURGERY. My office uses the newest machine out, the Extentrac Elite (With M3D® technology) to treat our patients. I suggest you look at our website for more information to help you make some decisions.

    All the best,
    Dr. Kate Crews

  3. Frank April 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you Dr. Kate

    I had the pleasure of taking the McKenzie technique from Dr. Gary Jacob while taking LACCs rehab diplomate program back in the 90s.

    I like it because it doesn’t involve reliance on any expensive equipment at all, and more importantly, it gets the patient involved in self-care.

    So far, in 46 cases of lumbar or cervical disc dysfunction that has walked into my office, I have seem 100% positive results in one month. Several of these patients had already been exposed to McKenzie by a PT, with poor results. The big difference in my office was that they also received the spinal adjustment. It’s a marriage made in heaven!

  4. Dr. Douglas Yost May 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Research and patient satisfaction surveys are great for doctors of chiropractic to see to learn valuable new information, but also for patients to see. Not everyone knows the great benefits of chiropractic or just how satisified patients are with chiropractic.

    Dr. Douglas Yost
    Shoreview, MN Chiropractor

  5. Ken Whidden September 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I agree with Dr. Yost, it’s great information for DC’s, but our challenge as a profession is to disseminate the information to the general public and make it common knowledge.

    Ken Whidden, DC
    Emerald Coast Chiropractic

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