Chiropractic May Set the Pace in Results & Costs
We really live in a fast paced culture where many decisions focus on getting the best results at the best price. How that works out in the medical world when we compare results and costs for issues such as neck pain, may be worth noting.
Chiropractic Steps Out in Front
The British Medical Journal reported on a randomized controlled trial of 183 patients with neck pain. Patients were randomly assigned to manual therapy with spinal adjustments, physiotherapy which was mainly exercise, or general doctor’s care with counseling, education and drugs.
It was a year long study and the clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Plus, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
I have seen those results played out with friends and relatives who were already familiar with chiropractors, or using them for the first time. In all of the cases, with the help of the chiropractor they found ways to resume their lives as they learned how to avoid future pain.
Seeing the Chiropractor
The chiropractor’s visit begins with a spinal manipulaton and evaluation followed by a discussion of work and medical history. This may lead to a series of treatments and exercises on posture in the case of neck pain. No matter where the neck pain began, with fixed screen posture on cell phones or laptops, long hours working on tasks such as sewing, or with concentrated use of tools in assembly line joba, the pain issues can be similar.
As the review continues the patient will see the need for better posture 24-7, along with better balance and relaxation and a program can evolve to get everything back in line.
In the case of electronics, learning how to work on a screen, keeping it at eye level and sitting up straight with feet on the floor is often the first step. To many this feels totally odd and light years away from the comfortable flopped out, slouched screen position usually used. But as treatment progresses and neck pain disappears the approach makes more sense.
The chiropractor will monitor progress and be watching for lower back pain, and sciatica too. If you or your family members are guilty of hunching over tasks or slumping on the couch, an appointment now with your chiropractor could make the difference. Both results and costs may be just what you were looking for.