There is a growing need for back and spine care in the United States. The National Center for Health Statistics data indicates that 54% of Americans self-report back pain. If this statistic is correct, back pain is occurring at an alarming rate. Traditional approaches do not properly address this issue, because many providers view the condition as benign (will not harm your life) and self-resolving (will fix itself). Therefore, back pain is treated as an acute symptom rather than a chronic problem.
Research suggests this method may not be the most appropriate way to treat back pain long term. Back pain and its associated symptoms, like sciatica, are now being recognized as chronic conditions which require regular management or maintenance care.
To better illustrate this point, compare back pain to another chronic condition like diabetes. Diabetes is managed with regular check-ups and daily lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, medications and insulin. If diabetes was only treated in its most acute form, it would be too late. After a sugar coma, diabetic foot ulcer, or neuropathy develops, the financial cost and cost to the body are extreme. It is time for back pain to be treated with the same pro-active and preventative approach.
Here at Burkhart and Chapp Chiropractic, we support treating the spine pro-actively. In addition to chiropractic care, Burkhart and Chapp offers non-surgical spinal decompression, laser therapy and acoustic compression therapy to achieve a true resolution of the problem through improved functioning of the spine. Following initial treatment for acute symptoms, our patients are provided with maintenance protocols to promote and manage health for years to come.
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Rampersaud, Y.R., Alleyne, J., & Hall, H. (2013). Low back pain: it’s time for a different approach. Journal of Current Clinical Care, 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.healthplexus.net/files/content/2013/0301/0301foreword.pdf.