Lower Back Pain Treatment in Livermore, CA
Lower back pain is only one of hundreds of conditions that “human flesh is heir to.” Recent research estimates that 85% of the world population will experience disabling pain in their lower back at least once during their lives. And 90% of those people will experience recurring back pain for the rest of their lives! That’s almost all of us. The problem is so bad that at any one time, according to one researcher, 6.8% of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more than two weeks. (1) That’s a lot of bad backs. The estimated cost of lower back problems in the U.S. is over $50 billion a year.(2)
What many do not realize is that visiting a chiropractor for lower back pain can be a safer, more effective, and more affordable option than surgery or medicine. By addressing the root causes of the condition, a lower back pain chiropractor’s adjustments can provide natural, long lasting relief.
The Standard Medical Treatments for Lower Back Pain
The standard medical approach to back pain varies depending on the severity of the condition. Usually muscle relaxers, pain killers, and bed rest are prescribed in the hope that the body will heal itself and the backache will go away. Sometimes anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed, even steroid injections.
The above, in conjunction with physical therapeutics such as traction, diathermy, ultrasound, hot packs, cold packs, exercise, and various other procedures, are sometimes used.
If the problem doesn’t improve, and oftentimes it actually worsens, then it’s possible that disc damage tests like a myelogram, MRI, or CAT scan, in addition to x-rays, may be performed.
Surgery for Lower Back Pain
If the MRI or CAT scan shows a bulging disc, surgery may be recommended. Yet, this approach is not always necessary. It must be remembered, however, that if the MRI shows a bulging disc, it is not necessarily the cause of the pain. A recent bulletin in the Orange County Register states that recent research shows that bulging discs “are so common among pain-free people that there is some question whether doctors should try so hard to find them.”(8)
“The research suggests that ruptured discs may not mean much for many people, and they certainly cannot be assumed to be the source of a patient’s backache.
With MRIs so widely available, many doctors now routinely order them as a first step when they see patients with back problems. If they find a bad-looking disc, they may suggest surgery.’
Surgery, of course, has its attendant problems. According to some studies, more than half of all spinal surgery for lower back problems should never have been performed. Many people who have had back surgery report a recurrence of their symptoms within a year or two of the operation and may return to the operating table. In some cases the surgery makes no difference whatever. In a few cases it does give long-term relief. But in others it makes matters even worse; hence the new medical term: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. These patients are doomed to a lifetime of pain and pain-killing drugs, just to survive. Reason: none of the treatment methods mentioned above address the cause.
The Chiropractic Approach to Lower Back Pain
Chiropractors have proved to be a blessing to millions with back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, and standard medical treatments such as drugs and surgery. Using the usual manipulation techniques, chiropractors all over the world are helping people get over their low back pain.
Studies on The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain
In 1980 the British government, through the British Medical Research Council, initiated a 10-year study on low back pain. Completed in 1990, the study was reported in the June 1990 British Medical Journal.
Chiropractic was compared with the medical (hospital outpatient) care of patients with acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) low back pain – the most costly cause of work loss due to injury in the Western world.
“Of those with jobs, only 21% of patients given chiropractic treatment (sic) had time off work because of back pain compared with 35% of hospital patients…..Between one and two years, the frequency and duration of absence from work were less in those treated by chiropractic.”(3)
Of the chiropractic group, medical group, and control group, only the chiropractic group showed significant reduction in pain level. In fact, chiropractic was significantly more effective for patients with chronic and severe pain. This improvement was maintained at a two-year follow-up.
In fact, as a result of the study, the British medical profession is advocating inclusion of chiropractic services in the British National Health system.
The Florida Workers’ Compensation Study
Claims from 10,000 closed workers’ compensation cases decided in the state of Florida during the fiscal year 1985-86, showed that under standard medical care the patient was disabled for 59 days as compared with 39 days under chiropractic. A person with a back-related injury was less likely to become disabled and, if disabled, was incapacitated for a shorter period of time if they saw a D.C. instead of an M.D.
Because of the shortened disability time the average cost of chiropractors’ services was less than half of that of medical doctors for the same conditions.(4)
The Utah Study
The findings of a 1988 study of 5,286 back injury claims from 1986 were consistent with those of the Florida study. The cost of chiropractic care was less than half that of medical care for similar conditions.
The study showed that treating a bulging lumbar disc cost $14,157.94 (with surgery) and $6,810.36 (for non-surgical) under medical care. For chiropractic care the cost was $1,762.18.(5)
The Oregon Study(6)
A 1971 study done in Oregon of 237 cases undergoing non-surgical care for comparable types of diagnoses:
The Percentage Able to Return to Work After Just One Week:
Under medical care: 41%
Under chiropractic care: 82%
The California Study
In 1972 C. Richard Wolf, M.D., utilized records provided by the California Division of Labor Statistics and Research for an independent study of back injuries routinely reported to the division. The study compared 500 people sent to medical doctors and 500 sent to chiropractors. The results are as follows:
Work Days Lost Reported
Medical Doctor 32 34.8
Chiropractor 15.6 51
The Atlas Specific Correctional Approach to Lower Back Pain
Utilizing a new and different concept, Atlas Specific Correction has an even better record for low back pain cures than any other methods that we know of. The reason is almost too simple: Atlas Specific Correction corrects the cause of the problem. From a strictly mechanical aspect, the atlas vertebra is the only vertebra that has no interlocking bony processes to hold it in position. Therefore, it is the only vertebra that can misalign. It is also the only vertebra to actually show movement on x-ray on a before-and-after basis. When the atlas misaligns, it creates a disturbance in the central computer (brain) and most often the major symptom is low back pain.
Atlas Specific Correction: A Research Study on Lower Back Pain
During a six year span from 19971 through 1977, a local manufacturing company, SPS Technologies, sent all of their industrial accident low back cases to THE CHRONIC PAIN SOLUTION CENTER headed by Dr. J. W. Armfield for treatment. They found that our methods got their employees back to work in an exceptionally short period of time.(9)
Our results were remarkable: There were 110 employees treated. 75 of them went back to work in one day or less, and only 9 were off work more than 6 days. None of the injured was ever permanently disabled.
The best part of all was that the average cost per employee was $184! That’s less than $500 at today’s rates.
Chiropractic Treatment is Highly Effective at Relieving Lower Back Pain
There is no doubt that low back pain is man-kind’s oldest and most prolific health problem. Controlled studies have shown chiropractic to be more beneficial and cost-effective than standard American medicine for low back pain. Medical treatments such as painkillers, muscle relaxers, Valium, braces, physical therapy, and surgery don’t go the heart of the problem and are more traumatic to the body. For many short term and chronic sufferers, visiting a lower back pain chiropractor is a safer and more effective choice.
Call Today and See How a Lower Back Pain Chiropractor can Help
Our research shows that of the known back pain remedies, Atlas Specific Correction gives the quickest and longest lasting results, at the lowest cost of any known procedures because it corrects the cause. Unfortunately, not enough people have ever heard of it and what it can do for them.
If you believe that it may be time to visit a chiropractor in Livermore for your lower back pain, call or contact us to speak with a specialist today. Many have already found relief from our lower back pain adjustment techniques, and you could be next.
1. Deyo R. A. (1987): Description Epidemiology of Lower Back Pain and its Related Medical Care in the United States. Spine 12(3):264-268.
2. Low Back Pain, the $50 billion Problem, conference sponsored by the Institute for Low Back Care. Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Sept. 30, 1982.
3. Meade T. W., Dyer S. et al (1990) Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin; Randomized Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment, British Medical Journal 300 (June);1431-37.
4. Wolk S. (1988) Chiropractic vs. Medical Care; A Cost Analysis of Disability and Treatment for Back-Related Workers’ Compensation Cases. Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. 1701 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22209, Sept. 1988 report.
5. Jarvis K.B. (1988 Aug. 15) Issues in Medical Cost Containment. AASCIF Convention-Lecture, Salt Lake City, UT.
6. A study of Time Loss Back Claims, Workmen’s Compensation Board, State of Oregon. Portland, March 1971.
7. Orange County Register, JULY 14, 1994
8. Industrial Back Injury by C. Richard Wolf, M.D. Dec. 1972 Compiled by the International Chiropractors Association, 1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 1000, Arlington, Va 22201. (703) 528-5000.
9. The SPS-WESTERN Research Project. S.E.A.R.C.H., Inc. 1977
- Beatrice Downs
I’ve been a chiropractic patient for more than 30 years. I had always had full-spine adjustments. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in February, 1989 and since 1991, I have been adjusted every week, sometimes more often than that if I wasn’t holding an adjustment. Since being treated by Adam Paiso, D.C.
- Danielle DelFante
Simply put…. I was Scared!!!
I had been cutting hair for over five years and I was doing quite well. My business was profitable since it was built on steady customers, referrals’ and hard work.
About four months ago, I began noticing some sort-of deep pain going down my arms. I thought at the time that it was due to the stress of my job. As time went by, I realized the pain was getting worse and more constant. In order to get some relief I had to take 10 min breaks between clients.
As this became my daily routine, the
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