Low Back Pain, Arthritis and Chiropractic, A Clinical Correlation
The American Chiropractic Association (2010) reported that 31 million Americans experience low back pain. This is an epidemic at a staggering rate because what most of the public and doctors alike do not understand is what that sets the patient up for later in life that can be prevented.
Scoliosis and Chiropractic
According to the Mayo Clinic (2009), " Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but severe scoliosis can be disabling.
Low Back Pain, Reduced Disability and Chiropractic: A Study in Proper Diagnosis
When you are experiencing pain in the lower back, it can often be intense and cause for worry. You wonder how something can hurt so badly and are looking for anything to reduce the discomfort. Many times these types of pain cause an admission the emergency room.
Work Injuries, Workers Compensation and Chiropractic: A solution to the spiraling healthcare costs in America
The cost of healthcare has been such a burden on the economy that it now accounts for 16.2% of the national gross domestic product (GDP) in 20081. Congress, along with President Obama, has recently enacted a health care reform bill that addresses many issues in the health care reform arena that will ensure every American has health care coverage.
Neck Pain and Chiropractic
A recent study examined the effect a chiropractic adjustment has on the pain levels of muscle spasm in the neck. When only a part of a muscle goes into spasm it is called a trigger point (knot). These hypersensitive areas are a common cause of pain in the neck and a major reason patients present for treatment.
Acute (Severe) Low Back Pain, Early Intervention and Chiropractic
Back and Leg Pain (Lumbar Radiculopathy) as a Result of Disc Herniation and the Long-Term Effect of Chiropractic Care
The term "herniated disc" has been called many things from a slipped disc to a bulging disc. For a doctor who specializes in disc problems, the term is critical because it tells him/her how to create a prognosis and subsequent treatment plan for a patient.
Arthritis Prevention and Chiropractic, Chiropractic prevents arthritis in accident victims, the elderly
According to the Arthritis Foundation (2007), "Forty-six million [46,000,000] Americans are currently living with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability, and we are all paying a high price for it.
Chiropractic Saves Federal and Private Insurers $15,897,840,000 and Adds $692,160,000 in Wages to Americans
Let's do the math. If we take the 400,000 disc surgeries (adding cervical surgeries to the equation) done each year as discussed in the opening paragraph and apply McMorland et al.'s (2010) findings that 60% of surgical candidates had successful outcomes with chiropractic as an alternative to surgery, 240,000 patients yearly could avoid needless surgery if they sought chiropractic care.
Decreased Muscle Spasms and Chiropractic Care
There have been many discussions regarding the effects of the short and long-term benefits of a chiropractic adjustment. The ultimate focus is a change in the biomechanics and therefore, the physiology surrounding the affected area of the spine. Although there is a significant amount of evidence showing the effects of spinal adjusting on the central nervous system, this study concentrated on the effects on the peripheral nervous system (outside of the brain and spinal cord) and paraspinal musculature, specifically of the effects of spinal adjusting on the paraspinal musculature in the mid-lower back (thoracic and lumbar spines).