In an article written to educate the public about back pain, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has suggested that patients seek chiropractic and other conservative back-pain treatment before taking more invasive measures.
The article says that surgery is not usually needed for treating back pain and should only be considered when other conservative methods fail. This recommendation reinforces what the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) teaches patients, as well. Chiropractic should be the first line of defense against musculoskeletal conditions.
The article has been published online on the JAMA patient page and discusses the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and prevention of low-back issues. The doctors who wrote the article go on to explain that the back is comprised of bones, nerves, muscles, and soft tissues like ligaments and tendons. Back pain and other related issues can be a result of problems with any of these structures.
Because chiropractors are neuro-musculoskeletal/spinal experts, they are well equipped to manage and prevent spinal issues and related conditions.
In an interview about the JAMA article, Keith Overland, DC, said that he and his colleagues were encouraged to see chiropractic suggested for spine care. He confirmed that in many cases, back issues can be corrected without the use of drugs or surgery, “so it makes sense to exhaust conservative options first.”
Chiropractic makes sense for reducing healthcare costs as well. Dr. Overland went on to say, “Research confirms that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of spinal issues can also potentially save both patients and the health care system money down the line.”
We certainly agree!