Posts Categorized as: Back Pain
Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain
Here in our Rutland office, Dr. Cyr has helped several people recover from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to relieve the pain. You should know that research indicates that chiropractic care is often a better approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each person was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
Both of the groups that received some type of real treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control group who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Rutland office with Dr. Cyr today at (802) 775-6961. We'll help improve your back problems in a healthy way!
von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.
Chiropractic is centered on the approach of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Cyr, this means working to restore your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that most of our Rutland patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health conditions.
One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.
Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures offered by the AAN mention the fact that approximately 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.
Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a drug might be useful at temporarily relieving the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.
Dr. Cyr will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without risky drugs.
If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Rutland office a call at (802) 775-6961 to make an appointment with Dr. Cyr.
- Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
- What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
In our Rutland practice, we see many patients who are suffering from back pain, and a few of these people have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Cyr has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgical treatment. The scientific research agrees with the results we see in our practice. One study published in the journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in dealing with your back problems may literally keep you out of the operating room.
In this report, medical researchers from Dartmouth reviewed data from about 1,900 workers from Washington state who first saw either a surgeon or a chiropractor for their back-related issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical information to ascertain whether the subjects wound up having back surgery in an effort to treat the problem.
What the authors discovered was that 42.7% of the patients who first saw a surgeon for their back pain ended up in surgery in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are remarkable outcomes. Seeing a chiropractor considerably decreases your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also consider this important detail: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most influential medical journal on spinal injuries.
Surgery: The Last Resort
Any surgery has risks, but a serious problem linked to spinal surgery is that there is a very high failure rate. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The experts in this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Cyr believes that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of risky surgery or drugs--and many studies have documented the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Rutland and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (802) 775-6961 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!
- Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.
- Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
Most of us suffer from back ache at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Maurice J Cyr and our talented staff see many back and neck pain cases in our Rutland office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also a great way to prevent future episodes.
A recent study from the University of Utah verifies what our Rutland patients have reported: your Rutland chiropractor is the best first choice for an episode of back pain.
In this paper, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each person was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.
What the authors found is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.
Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.
Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Maurice J Cyr and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.
If you live near our Rutland office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (802) 775-6961 for an appointment.
Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).
Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.
We see many patients with back pain in our Rutland office, and Dr. Maurice J Cyr has been able to provide many of them find relief with chiropractic care. However, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many people utilize both types of care with great results.
Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Together
In a report published by the journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute pain and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the study participants engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the remainder received chiropractic adjustments in addition to standard medical care, as the authors wanted to determine which group fared better.
Researchers found that the patients who got standard medical care in combination with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the group that got medical care alone; 73 percent reported positive benefits in comparison to just 17 percent of the medical treatment only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.
Accordingly, combining these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medicine can work together, chiropractic offers some unique strengths over medical treatment.
Where Chiropractic Wins
Although it may seem as if each method plays a 50/50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic care has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research conducted at UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than patients undergoing medical care.
According to the researchers, the main factors that patients favored over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors typically spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as outlining more carefully what to expect from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Care Offers a Non-Invasive Approach
Certainly, the strategies associated with chiropractic are quite different than those available with medical treatment, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and wellness. Rather than focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care means finding the root cause of your pain, which often translates to greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.
In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment like chiropractic. This means fewer negative side effects from medications and lasting recovery.
You don't have to deal with back pain or other health issues. Give our Rutland office a call today at (802) 775-6961. We'll do everything we can to help you get and continue to be free from back pain.
- Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
- Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.