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CHIROPRACTIC

‘Back Pain’

Top Medical Groups Are Now Supporting Chiropractic

Bottom Line:
The opioid epidemic has led many leading medical groups to emphasize the importance of conservative care for low back and neck pain. The world’s largest medical society, the American College of Physicians, updated its low back treatment guide in 2017 to support conservative options, such as Chiropractic care. The guidelines were published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine and have been adopted by many leading healthcare organizations.

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Can Surgery Fix Your Back Problem?

Bottom Line:
Over 90% of us will experience back pain during our life. Thankfully, less than 5% will need surgery. So, why are so many operations being performed? Does surgery even fix a back problem? You may be surprised to learn that an enormous number of back surgeries don’t give patients long-term relief. Overlooking less invasive, conservative care options is often not a good idea and can result in a poor surgical outcome. In the medical world, this is known as “failed back surgery syndrome.”

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The Low Back: Your Foundational Core

Bottom Line:
Your core is made up of the groups of muscles that provide stability in the abdominal and lower back regions. It includes your abs and the deep muscles that surround and support your spine. These muscles also coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and spine. Ideally, your core and low back work together in a balance of strength and flexibility. A lack of flexibility or strength in your core can contribute to low back pain.

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Treating Low Back Pain

Bottom Line:
Restrictions and limited mobility of your lower back may be causing your pain. If your low back doesn’t have a full range of motion, then you are setting it up for future injuries. Bending forward and back (flexion/extension), side bending (lateral flexion), and turning side to side (rotation) are the three movements that make up a full range of motion. You have to use it, or you’ll lose it. Neglecting your lower back and not actively improving and maintaining a full range of motion can cause restrictions, deconditioning and increase your chance of injury.

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