The American Tradition
Low back pain is one of the most common disorders affecting American adults. It is estimated that 75 million Americans will have it each year and that 80% of the adult population will have low back pain at some time.
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability among the 30 to 50 year age group. Because these age groups are usually the most productive in the workforce, the economic impact of low back pain is enormous.
Low back pain patients comprise the second largest diagnostic group seen by medical family practitioners, yet the common treatments recommended by these practitioners are being found to be ineffective. A prominent medical low back pain researcher has suggested that family physicians consider referring these patients for chiropractic care, as it has proven helpful for this disorder.
Low back pain generally is a mechanical disorder which needs suitable treatment. Chiropractic manipulation is just such a method. In the 1985 volume of the medical journal “Canadian Family Physician”, Dr. William Kirkaldy-Willis, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, reported on a study of chronic low back pain patients. The results of treatment with chiropractic manipulation were so favorable that Dr. Kirkaldy-Willis summarized that those medical doctors who refer their patients for this treatment will provide relief for many who would not otherwise be helped.
Indeed, growing numbers of low back pain sufferers are turning to chiropractic each year and are finding relief. Many people who were frustrated before seeking chiropractic treatment return to an active lifestyle, not restricted by disabling pain. The latest statistics show that about one in three low back patients now see a chiropractor, and the percentage should be much greater. Chiropractic is both a safe and effective way to deal with low back pain, the unwanted American tradition.