Chiropractic Care Concluded to Be Effective for Back Discomfort in Juneau

Several clients in our Juneau practice have come to us with a goal of relieving their back pain, and Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many of them overcome this problematic and debilitating condition. However, this is really no surprise since research shows that men and women who engage in treatment via chiropractic adjustments usually have a quicker recovery period than those who choose treatment with a medical doctor.

One Study's Results

Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine involved 107 folks with acute and sub-acute pain in their lower back. For purposes of the research, each person was randomly assigned to one of three cohert and got treatment by way of usual medical care, manual manipulation (chiropractic), or mechanical manipulation treatment using the Activator, a small handheld device that applies low levels of force to the spine to help realign it.

At the conclusion of four weeks, each participant involved in the study rated themselves in regard to both level of disability and pain. Those who engaged in chiropractic care "demonstrated a clinically important and statistically significant reduction" of both when compared to those who participated in the other treatment methods (medical care and mechanical manipulation). Therefore, this study shows that quicker back pain recovery often begins with chiropractic care.

What Faster Recovery Means to You

In the most obvious of terms, quicker recovery means that you will spend less time on the couch or in bed in an effort to decrease the discomfort. Thus, you can get back to the activities you enjoy at a quicker rate, whether they include playing with your kids or grandkids, engaging in various types of sports, or tending to a hobby that generally requires back health, such as gardening.

Quicker recovery also means decreased expenses. This is partially due to less time off work to care for your back problems, but studies also show that chiropractic therapy typically costs less than receiving treatment via usual medical care.

So, if you would like to experience faster recovery from your back issues, call and schedule an appointment today with Dr. Messerschmidt conveniently located here in Juneau. The sooner you get in, the sooner you’ll feel better!

References

Liliedahl, R et al. (2010, Nov-Dec). Cost of care for common back pain conditions initiated with chiropractic doctor vs medical doctor/doctor of osteopathy as first physician: experience of one Tennessee-based general health insurer. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 33(9), 640-643, doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2010.08.018 Schneider, M et al. (2014, May). A comparison of chiropractic manipulation methods and usual medical care for low back pain: a randomized controlled clinical trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(5), A22-A23, doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.5055.abstract Stig, LC. (2001, May). Recovery pattern of patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for long-lasting or recurrent back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 24(4), 288-291. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11353940

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