According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over one million workers each year suffer back injuries. For many of these workers, they will seek treatment at a local urgent care clinic or hospital emergency department, where they will be seen and treated by a physician. Others will seek diagnosis and treatment by a Doctors of Chiropractic —something that research suggests more workers should do. In a recent study conducted by orthopedic surgeons at Dartmouth College, researchers followed 1,900 workers who suffered back injuries on the job. Within three years of being injured, a startling 42.7% of patients who sought their initial treatment from a surgeon underwent back surgery, as opposed to only 1.5% of patients who sought initial treatment from a Doctors of Chiropractic. With back surgery having a failure rate of 5-50%, it makes good sense for your health and mobility to seek chiropractic treatment for back injuries.
Doctors of Chiropractic complete a four-year doctoral program that includes a curriculum of over 4,200 hours of classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical internship, following the completion of four years of undergraduate pre-medical study. Doctors of Chiropractic study biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, and are specially trained to diagnose and treat injuries of the spine, discs, ligaments, and tendons. Through non-invasive spinal manipulations, chiropractors ensure proper alignment of the spine, which relieves pressure at the injury site and surrounding tissues. This allows the body to heal itself without the use of dangerous surgery and potentially addictive pain medication. In a 2009 study of 100 injured workers, researchers at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine reported that 81.5% of patients in the study reported improvement in pain and mobility following chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors use a patient-centered approach which requires greater interaction between patients and practitioners, resulting in greater overall patient satisfaction. Not only is chiropractic effective for treatment, it’s also good for the economy, with overall treatment costs averaging 20% less than when a primary care physician initiates low back treatment.
Balanced Health and Wellness offers a comprehensive and individualized approach to health care that incorporates chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, massage therapy and exercise instruction. Through the consideration and assessment of factors like diet, posture, flexibility, medical history, and daily activities, they are able to craft a unique treatment plan to bring your body to optimum health and well-being. Call 248.397.8122 today or fill out the form in the sidebar to learn more about the benefits of non-invasive, drug-free chiropractic care, and make Balanced Health and Wellness your partner in healthier living.