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Which Treatment Method Is Best For Your Back Pain?

Back pain is one of the most common chronic pain related conditions that patients face, so thankfully treatment options and methods for back pain are pretty plentiful. Treatment options range from the most invasive and risky methods, such as back surgery, to the very common option of taking medications and possibly supplements on a regular basis, to finally, all natural treatments that include stretching and chiropractic care.

With all of these treatments available, it can seem pretty daunting to try and figure out which method will work best to help relieve your back pain. I am personally a huge proponent of natural treatment options and methods, since I prefer to only start a regimen of medication or any sort of somewhat foreign substance use when natural methods just aren’t enough. This is why I was so intrigued when I came across a post by ChiroNexus that weighed the similarities and differences between physical therapy and chiropractic care as effective methods for treating back pain. The post concludes that chiropractic care tends to provide better results than physical therapy, and I can see why this would be the case.

Both physical therapy and chiropractic care are somewhat long term, ongoing treatment methods that tend to be worked into a patient’s schedule in such a manner that their treatment may become a routine. Both treatment plans offer a patient a trained professional who works with a patient to help them restore their natural ability to be mobile and mostly pain-free.

The basis of both methods involves treating the body in a natural manner so that it can learn to manage and heal itself on its own again, without the help of outside sources. However, many scientific studies have shown that within one year’s time of the initial treatment program’s start, patients who received chiropractic care were much less likely to return to their doctors complaining of new or recurring pain and other symptoms than patients who had received physical therapy without chiropractic adjustments.

With this knowledge, it may be easier for patients to make their decisions on what treatment methods they should try. Ultimately, it is necessary for a patient to have a conversation with their doctor in order to weigh the risks and benefits to each and every treatment option available. Some conditions may be able to respond wonderfully to chiropractic care alone, while some other conditions may need further aide with medications.

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Jasmine Kaloudis

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