Sooner or later, an amazing 8 of every 10 people in the United States will suffer with back problems at one point in their life.
What the Experts Recommend:
The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research appointed a panel of medical experts who reviewed some 3,900 studies on care for acute low back problems. The panel rejected bed rest, surgery (except in rare cases), injections into the back, and all oral prescription drugs (such as antidepressants or steroids). In contrast, they found that spinal manipulation, which is usually performed by a chiropractor, "can be helpful for patients with low back problems."
There are fewer studies on long term chronic back problems than for short-term acute back problems. Still, a recent study in the respected medical journal, Spine, found chiropractic care beneficial for ongoing chronic back problems. The traditional approach for patients with chronic back problems has been "back school" to teach patients how to cope and live with the condition. Chiropractic care was compared to back school in this study and the chiropractic group performed significantly better. The researchers concluded, "Spinal manipulation is clinically useful in chronic patients who have been suffering for seven weeks or more."
So many scientific and government studies have proven the effectiveness of chiropractic care for back problems. In 1993, the government of Ontario, in a 216 page study of all available evidence, found chiropractic care of low back problems superior to medical management in terms of safety, evidence of effectiveness, evidence of cost effectiveness, and in patient satisfaction.
How Can I Know?
Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. For more information you can visit our website at thatcherchiropractic.com. If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by phone. You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.