Consumer reports recently surveyed over 14, 000 people who had back pain with in 12 months of the survey. They were asked to share their experiences on treatment. Over 20 different approaches were looked at for satisfaction. The survey results showed that hands on chiropractic manipulations were tops with a 59% highly satisfied positive response. Followed by physical therapy at 55%, and acupuncture with 53%. Physician specialist care received 44% and primary care doctors received 34%.
This review highly favors a more hands on approach to dealing with back pain. In my opinion, too many people wait till their pain is intense before seeking treatment. The advise that most back pain will work it’s way out with out any analysis or treatment is too symptom based as opposed to a functional and structural approach. There is usually a functional, structural or postural problem which is underlying and should not be ignored. Some one that is losing range of motion, core stability or developing poor posture may be pain free till they have a stressor trigger an episode. By that time spinal problems like disc disease or degeneration can be advanced. So it is always a good idea to have your spinal function and posture checked by a qualified specialist. This can be a chiropractor , therapist or medical doctor that is trained in looking at spinal mechanics. What is your experience in dealing with back problems?