Chronic neck and lower back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a prevalent health problem for many people (1,2,3). Do you or a loved one experience chronic neck or lower back pain that has been persistent? This is an important article that could make the world of difference to you.
“Health care spending for lower back and neck pain have been consistently ranked among the top 5 conditions in the US” (4)
Management of back pain increasingly has relied on advanced diagnostic imaging, referrals to other physicians, and use of narcotics, which ends up quite costly. It has been suggested that treatment of back pain is an area of potential health care cost savings in the future that needs to be looked at (5). In a study by Khodakarami N, it was found that chiropractic care was a more cost-effective alternative for patients with low back pain (6).
In recent research literature, where they were looking at patient experiences with chiropractic care for low back and neck pain, it was found that there is generally a positive experience among patients with chronic back or neck pain. It supports why some chronic pain patients utilise chiropractic care on a regular basis (7). Putting together the cost effectiveness and general positive experience, chiropractic is a viable option when it comes to chronic back and neck pain management.
If you want to find out if chiropractic may help manage chronic low back or neck pain for you or your loved ones, have a chat with one of our chiropractors to see how they can assist.
“Health is a journey and the overall experience in getting there is important”
1. Vos T, Flaxman AD, Naghavi M, Lozano R, Michaud C, EzzatiM, et al. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012; 380:2163-96.
2. Vos T, Barber RM, Bell B, Bertozzi-Villa A, Biryukov S, Bolliger I, Charlson F. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet. 2015;9995:743-800.
3. Cohen SP. Epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of neck pain. Mayo Clin Proc 2015;90(2):284–99. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2014.09.008.
4. Dieleman JL, Cao J, Chapin A, et al. US health care spending by payer and health condition, 1996–2016. JAMA 2020;323:863–884.
5. Mafi JN, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, Landon BE. Worsening trends in the management and treatment of back pain. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173:1573-81.
6. Khodakarami, N., 2019. Pit8 Cost-Effectiveness analysis of physical therapy against chiropractic for patients with acute low back pain in the US. Value in Health, 22, pp.S212-S213.
7. Hays, R.D., Sherbourne, C.D., Spritzer, K.L., Hilton, L.G., Ryan, G.W., Coulter, I.D. and Herman, P.M., 2020. Experiences With chiropractic care for patients with low back or neck pain. Journal of patient experience, 7(3), pp.357-364.
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