Bottom Line: Thomas Edison famously once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease.”
With medical journals now supporting the use of Chiropractic adjustments as a primary recommendation for spine pain, it seems that his vision has come true. For over 100 years, Chiropractors have been focused on helping people improve their quality of life and reduce their pain – without the use of drugs or surgery.
Why it Matters: The Annals of Internal Medicine and groups such as the American College of Physicians have recently released guidelines that show medications should only be used as a last resort, not the first option for those suffering from pain. Even if you have suffered from chronic pain for years, this evidence-based approach may be the key for you to find lasting relief. Active exercise, Chiropractic adjustments, and a positive attitude have been shown to be an extremely effective combination to reduce pain and improve the functional abilities of those suffering from spine pain. The best part? This carries none of the dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects of opioid medications.
Next Steps: Chiropractic is one of the most popular (and safe) conservative healthcare professions in the world. A variety of medical publications are now advocating for the use of Chiropractic adjustments, and patient satisfaction is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, many people in our community still don’t know about chiropractic care. We believe the use of conservative care, such as chiropractic, can save lives.
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Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine 2017
Spinal High-Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation in Acute Nonspecific Low Back Pain: a Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial in Comparison with Diclofenac and Placebo. Spine 2013
by Christopher Freytag, D.C.