If you are one of the millions of Americans that suffer from back pain the American Medical Association has written an article for you. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published an article aimed at back pain suffers. The article suggests that patients seek chiropractic and other conservative back-pain treatment before taking more invasive measures, surgery should only be considered when other conservative methods fail.
According to the JAMA, conservative alternatives like Chiropractic care should be the first “line of defense” because they are safer and more efficient in relieving pain. This recommendation reinforces what the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) teaches patients, as well. Chiropractic should be the first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain.
The JAMA’s recommendation came soon after a study published by the medical journal Spine where sufferers of lower back pain all received standard medical care and half of the participants additionally received chiropractic care. The researchers found that in standard medical care plus chiropractic care patients, 73% reported that their pain was completely gone or much better after treatment compared to just 17% of the standard medical care only group.
Because chiropractors are neuro-musculoskeletal experts, they are well equipped to manage and prevent low-back pain. In an interview about the JAMA article, ACA President Keith Overland, DC, said that he and his colleagues at ACA were encouraged to see chiropractic suggested for back-pain treatment. He confirmed that in many cases, back pain can be alleviated without the use of drugs or surgery, “so it makes sense to exhaust conservative options first.”
And chiropractic makes sense for reducing health-care costs as well. Dr. Overland went on to say, “Research confirms that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low back pain can also potentially save both patients and the health care system money down the line.”
If you have back pain, follow the advice of these reputable medical communities. See a chiropractor first.