Why to Visit a Chiropractor First for Back Pain

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Back injuries and pain are becoming more common in the doctor’s office. The more people in the doctor’s office means less people at work. Back pain is not only putting a damper on individual’s recreation time, but it is causing them to miss several days of work too. If you are experiencing back pain, the doctor’s office may not be the best choice for you.

Studies have shown that those who see a doctor for their back pain will most likely be put on medication. In many cases, if the medication does not help, individuals will also receive X-rays and even be recommended for surgery.

Gerard Clum, a spokesperson for The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, says, “In total, 42.7 percent of workers who initially visited a surgeon underwent surgery, in contrast to only 1.5 percent of those who first consulted a chiropractor”.

That is a scary percentage! That means that a lot of people had a very invasive surgery to fix their back pain issues when they did not have to. The studies do not show the number of medications prescribed to people with back pain, though it is most likely quite a few.

Gerald Clum makes another profound statement that everyone should take into consideration, “As more data continues to surface touting the benefits of chiropractic care — lower costs, less risks and higher satisfaction rates — I expect that patients and practitioners will move toward considering chiropractic first, medicine second, and surgery last.”

Will chiropractic care put an end to your back pain? There is a very good chance it will. While no treatment can be 100% guaranteed, a chiropractor is safe. If a few sessions don’t help you feel better, then you have not suffered any side effects and there are always other options. However, if a risky procedure like back surgery doesn’t help, then where will you turn next? Back surgery comes with a lot of side effects and the whole recovery process usually takes up to a year.

Another thing to consider about trying a chiropractor first is that they are more cost-effective. Even if your health insurance does not cover chiropractic visits, the cost difference between chiropractic care and surgery is astronomical. Back surgery costs start at $6000! This does not include all of the doctor visits, medicine, and hospital stay.

When it comes to back pain, see a chiropractor first. Chances are you will be surprised at the results!

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