Chiropractic Care Shown to help Alleviate Back Related Leg Pain
There are many back injuries and issues that can lead to leg pain. The human body is connected in many different ways, including the bones, tissue, and nerves; meaning that an injury can cause issues beyond the injured area.
Many Americans suffer with back problems already; when you add leg pain into the mix the consequences can be worse. The inability to stand or walk for long periods of time can take its toll at work at home.
Many doctors prescribe a mixture of medications and physical therapy in order to both heal the injury and alleviate any related pain symptoms. A new study however, shows promise in chiropractic care as treatment, stating that it could be just as effective as prescription drugs to relieve pain. Many people do not like the side effects of these powerful drugs and wish for a more natural approach. The study found that when combined with home exercises, chiropractic was quite effective in relieving leg pain associated with back problems.
In the study, 192 male and female participants with moderate back-related leg pain were examined. The volunteers, all on a prescription drug for their pain prior to the study, were broken up into two groups. The first group engaged in home exercise alongside regular spinal manipulation, while the second group did the home exercise alone. Data from the participants’ progress was collected at the 12 week mark and the 52 week mark, to see the effects of the treatment plans.
At the twelve week mark of the study, the group engaging in home exercise and chiropractic reported reduced pain levels. Almost 37 percent of the individuals in the group experienced a 75 percent reduction in their leg pain, compared with only 19 percent of the second group who did home exercise only. In addition, more participants from the first group eliminated the need for pain medications than those in the second.
The 12 week results were indeed promising, although the results reported at the 52 week mark were slightly different. The response during this time wasn’t quite as significant as before, although members in the group receiving both treatments were still shown to have an advantage in relieving their leg pain. After the study was concluded, the researchers concluded that chiropractic care does improve back-related leg pain, at least for sure in the short term. More tests will need to be conducted on the long-term efficacy of the alternative treatment, but the current information is exciting for those seeking natural relief.