The American College of Physicians (ACP) reports that low back pain is one of the most common reasons for all physician visits in the US. It is the #1 cause of disability worldwide, and affects 80% of people within their lifetime. Additionally, the ACP recommends in their evidence-based practice guideline that physicians and patients should treat low back pain with non-drug therapies such as heat, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation, aka chiropractic care. They also report that typical physician-recommended painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, as well as prescription medications such as systemic steroids and opioids, were not effective in treating acute or subacute back pain, and recommend that physicians avoid prescribing unnecessary tests and costly, potentially harmful drugs, especially narcotics, for these patients.
Chiropractic care is extremely effective because it addresses several sources of pain in a way that medications do not. Chiropractic manipulation directly targets the injured and pain-generating tissues, and acts on the joints and surrounding tissues to alleviate muscle spasm, mobilize joints and connective tissue, and improve circulation and nerve conduction. This constellation of effects results in decreased pain and improved mobility, and facilitates more rapid healing. This makes Chiropractic care one of the most direct and effective options for reducing disability and pain in people suffering from low back pain, particularly in comparison to medications that only provide temporary pain relief, without addressing the deeper causes of pain and disability.
Chiropractic manipulation is also much safer than medication, and has few risks associated, with the most common being temporary, mild soreness following treatment. This discomfort disappears within 48 hours of treatment, and usually diminishes in subsequent treatments. Risks of medication use are significantly greater, with potential for bone density loss, hormonal dysfunction, opioid addiction, and excessive bleeding, among other negative side effects.
Portland Wellness Care is an evidence-based clinic utilizing Chiropractic care in combination with Acupuncture, Massage, heat, laser and electrical stimulation therapies, and targeted physiotherapy exercises to bring patients a well-rounded approach to get them out of pain and back to the things they need and love to do.