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chiropractic FOR LOW BACK PAIN

 For a [[chiropractice]] technique that provides excellent results and is supported by research on back care, you need search no further than Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression spine manipulation. chiropractic spinal manipulation is a standard of care for low back pain and leg pain. Its benefits are thoroughly documented in the literature, and research literature citations are examined here.

 Low Back Pain

 Any analysis of low back pain must begin with a description of what low back pain involves to you, the patient. It may be one or more of the following symptoms:

  1.  Pain localized to the low back only
  2.  Pain localized to the low back and buttock
  3.  Pain localized to the low back, buttock, and thigh
  4.  Pain localized to the low back, buttock, thigh and leg and even extending to the foot and toes 

 All of these statements are paired with low back pain and are but variations of what is typically thought of as low back pain. It can be declared precisely that the more the pain travels down the lower extremity, the more serious the spine problem is, and the more difficult it is to relieve. The reason being that with total leg pain -- sciatic nerve pain down the back and side of the thigh, leg, and bottom of the foot or femoral nerve pain down the front of the groin, thigh, leg and foot -- there is irritation of the spinal nerve as it exits the spine in the low back. This is more complex and nearly always involves disc herniation or spinal stenosis.

 The Patient

First we will examine the patient who has only low back pain which could extend to the buttock and thigh but not under the knee. This condition reacts more simply to treatment.

 The Effects of Care

 Below are the changes in the spine that soothe pain when this form of spinal adjusting is given:

  1. The intervertebral disc space is increased, that is, it is increased in height 
  2. The pressure inside the intervertebral disc is lessened. 
    • This reduces the pressure on the nerve it is compressing. 
    • This lessens pressure inside the disc stops the nerve irritation which relieves low back pain and leg pain.
  3. The size of the nerve opening within the spinal column, called the foramen, is raised up to 28% in size. 
  4. The joints of the spine are moved into their typicaly ranges of motion to regain essential mobility and freedom of motion without pain.
  
The Benefits of Conservative, Spinal Manipulation Care for Low Back Pain

Spinal research literature continues to record definititive results of conservative care for low back pain and that surgery may not always be necessary.

  • The United States Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines state that spinal manipulation is safe and recommended for acute low back pain. (1) 
  • 33% of 27,810 people chose chiropractics as their treating physician for low back pain in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANE). (2) 
  • Spinal manipulation is recommended for low back pain. (3) 
  • Spinal manipulation is recommended by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians for primary care of low back pain. (4) 
  • Prolotherapy, facet joint injection, intradiscal steroid injection, and percutaneous intradiscal radiofrequency thermocoagulation are not effective for primary care of low back pain. (4) 
  • Epidural steroid injections give short term but not long-term relief of low back pain. (4) 
  • Spinal cord stimulation is moderately effective for failed back surgery syndrome with persistent radiculopathy, though device-related complications are common. (4) 
  • Surgery for leg pain (radiculopathy) with herniated lumbar disc and symptomatic spinal stenosis is associated with short-term benefits compared to non-surgical therapy for low back pain, though the surgical benefits diminish with long-term follow-up. (4) 
  • For patients with no leg pain (non-radicular back pain), with disc degeneration, fusion is no more effective than intensive rehabilitation, but associated with small to moderate benefits compared to standard non-surgical therapy. (4)
 Detailed Results of Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression For Low Back Pain

  •  A study of 1000 patients with low back and lower extremity pain treated with Cox Flexion Distraction and Decompression spinal manipulation by 30 chiropractic physicians is shown in the following chart. Note that various diagnoses of low back and leg pain are administered such as sprain/strain, spondylolysis, etc., and every one these diagnosed conditions are described elsewhere in this website as to their diagnosis and treatment. 
    • The amount of visits and days to gain relief of these conditions, regardless of the individual diagnosis, was found. 
      • the average number of days was 29 days
      • the number of office visits for spinal manipulation was 12 (5,6,7) 

  •  In a comparison study of Cox Flexion Distraction and Decompression spinal manipulation to active exercises for chronic low back pain with and without lower leg pain (sciatica), a total of 235 subjects were studied; 123 were assigned to Cox Flexion Distraction and 112 to active trunk exercise protocols. 
    • Subjects randomly allocated to the flexion distraction group had significantly greater relief from pain than those allocated to the exercise program.
    • Subjects categorized as chronic, with moderate to severe symptoms, improved most with the Flexion Distraction protocol.
    • Patients with radiculopathy (leg pain) did significantly better with Flexion Distraction. 
    • Overall, Flexion Distraction provided more pain relief than active exercises. (8) 
  • Applying axial distraction to the spine is shown to cut back disc stress on the anulus and nucleus. This is anticipated to lower the compressive disc stresses in back pain. (10)

Incentives to Try Conservative Care for Low Back Pain Before Surgery

  •  95% of patients with low back pain and leg pain will be cleared of it in 1 to 12 months with non-surgical care. (9)
  • A trial of conservative non-operative care is encouraged before surgery for patients with lumbar disc herniation. 95% of low back pain and leg pain patients are well in a time period of one to 12 months without surgery. (11) 
  • A comparison of surgically treated with non-surgically treated patients with chronic low back pain of 349 chronic low back pain patients aged 18-55 years showed no evidence that surgery was any more beneficial than intensive rehabilitation. Surgery cost more, had potential risks, and was not cost effective. (12) 
  • Financial and clinical result comparisons of chiropractic versus medical care for low back and leg pain showed that chiropractic care is budget friendly when care extends beyond primary care. (13) 
  • Spinal manipulation gave better short and long-term functional improvement as well as more pain relief in the follow-up than either back school or individual physiotherapy in a study of 210 patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain.
    • Spinal manipulation was associated with higher functional [[improvement/recovery]108] and long-term pain relief than back school or individual physiotherapy. 
    • Spinal manipulation provided better short and long-term functional improvement, and more pain relief in the follow-up than either back school or individual physiotherapy. (14)
  • Traction with relatively low magnitude was found to have significant beneficial effect in maintaining disc height of degenerated disc. (15) 
  • Lumbar fusion for disc degeneration, herniation with or without radiculopathy is associated with significant increases in disability (11% of fusion vs 2% for non-surgical), opiate use (by 41% after surgery with 76% continued to use opioids after surgery), work loss (1140 days for fusion vs 316 days), reoperation (27% needed another surgery), and poor return to work status (26% of fusion vs 67% non-surgical were back at work 2 years later). (16) 
  • Under conservative care, quality of life for lumbar radiculopathy (leg pain) patients improves. (17) 
  • There are currently no clear indications for surgery in non-specific low back pain. (18) 
  • Chronic low back pain patients without severe neurological deficits can tended with manipulation, acupuncture, exercise, education, self care. (19) 
  • Chiropractic care of worker’s compensation patients displays acute, subacute and chronic back and neck pain patients asserted improved subjective and functional status under chiropractic spinal manipulation. (20)
  • Second opinions by spine surgeons for a recommended back surgery show that 60.7% were “unnecessary,” 33.3% were “wrong,” and only 6% were “right.” (22) 

Conclusion

60-80% of health-care consulting patients will continue to suffer more pain following a year. There are some who say that 90% of patients suffering from back and leg pain will be better in 90 days if no treatment is provided. This simply is not right as studies show that a third to 72% of them will have pain a year later. Chiropractic treatment isvital and recommended (21). Conservative, chiropractic care has a place in healthcare for effective, affordable, proven treatment for low back pain relief. Visit our Chicago chiropractic office or request an appointment here now for consultation.
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