There are choices regarding back pain. People may chose to ignore it, which may cause an increase in spinal problems, or chose to take medicine, which only masks the root cause of the pain. Another option may be bed rest, which can prolong the pain. Physical therapy may be an option if a person’s pain is primarily muscular; however, therapy stresses the malfunctioning joints. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort. Chiropractic addresses the root issues regarding back pain.
According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Back pain affects every area of life because every movement comes from the core. Regarding back pain, chiropractic spinal manipulation has been shown to alleviate pain, reduce the need for medication, and help rapidly progress physical therapy. According to Consumer Reports, chiropractic care was the best treatment option for back pain and received the highest approval ranking out of every other back treatment option.