Almost everyone is affected by lower back pain at some point in their lives. New guidelines have been released for the treatment of lower back pain and they might surprise you.
A series of studies on lower back pain published in The Lancet report that many low back pain sufferers are not getting the right front line treatment.
The recommended approach for treatment and prevention of lower back pain starts without drugs. The first step should be staying mobile and gentle exercise which will often be sufficient to ease their pain.
From the article:
"Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial non-pharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms."
Unfortunately, in the real world many opt for immediate drugs or even surgery, despite the studies showing that they do not reduce back-related disability or its long-term consequences.
Without any form of treatment, most people with new episodes of low back pain recover quickly; however, recurrence is common and in a small proportion of people, low back pain becomes persistent and disabling. In all cases, lower back pain tends to affect our daily living.
How does Chiropractic Treatment help?
Chiropractic treatment aims to help the back pain sufferer improve their spinal function via spinal manipulation, exercise and lifestyle changes to give the sufferer greater control over the things that caused their pain. This is in line with the guidelines recommended in the studies we mentioned above. By following this approach, surgery and drugs may be avoided and this is always a good thing.
Talk with your Chiropractor to find out more.