Chiropractor for Back Pain| Manhattan Sports Medicine
As much as 80% of the population will experience some kind of back pain
in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association, and
half of all working Americans report having back pain symptoms. While
there are various ways to treat back pain, chiropractic care has almost
always been looked at with a wary eye. Recently, numerous studies have
surfaced to prove the effectiveness of chiropractic care as a useful treatment
for different types of back pain. So, why does the bias remain?
According to an article in the
New York Times, physicians are suspicious of chiropractic care because the methods chiropractors
use have not been scientifically explained. Spinal manipulation, the most
common type of chiropractic care, involves applying pressure to the spine
in certain positions to allow the vertebrae to stretch and pop, relieving
pain and pressure. In the past, studies conducted to evaluate the usefulness
of spinal manipulation found the procedure to be no better than a sham,
but new, more thorough research has found very different results.
A study related in The Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed
that, out of the 1,700 patients in the trial, nearly 1,400 reported improvements
in function after spinal manipulation treatments. Other prominent medical
authorities, like the Annals of Internal Medicine and the American College
of Physicians agreed with assessments of chiropractic care as a reliable
non-invasive treatment for back pain. The American College of Physicians
also recommended back pain sufferers to seek heat, massage, acupuncture
or spinal manipulation as the first line of treatment before looking into
Another bias that as prevented doctors from referring patients to chiropractic
care is the risk of harm. Poorly trained or uneducated practitioners could
potentially worsen back pain symptoms and cause damage, though in the
studies mentioned above, no adverse symptoms were reported. To avoid any
possibility of harmful practice, patients should
only see certified chiropractors with the necessary education and credentials.
Ask your chiropractor about his or her background before your spinal adjustment
to ensure you are in good hands.
Compared to other treatment options, surgery or pain medicines, chiropractic
care can cost less in the long run. Plus, surgeries can go wrong, and
some pain medication can lead to dangerous addictions and be very costly.
If you are considering chiropractic care or physical therapy to treat your
back pain, consider our Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
at Manhattan Sports Therapy. Some of the areas our facility specializes
in are disc herniation, bulging discs, sciatica, and sports or exercise
related injuries. Located in New York, we treat anyone with pain, from
professional athletes and celebrities to everyday workout enthusiasts.
We offer acupuncture, sports massage, physical rehab, chiropractic care,
cold-laser light therapy, pain management, and pre or post-operation rehab.
Contact Manhattan Sports Therapy to request an appointment and begin your road to recovery.