I have found this to be an effective way of provoking a thought process from everyone. Especially from those that have never been to a chiropractor or thought about going to a chiropractor. In most instances, the answer would be, “Yes, of course. I trust my doctor to make recommendations that are in my best interest.”
For years, in the allopathic medical world, the common recommendations for back pain were fairly simple and straight forward. Those recommendations were to take some muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, and go home to rest and wait it out. Either that or, if serious enough, the recommendations could include physical therapy, shots, or surgery, many times when it wasn’t even necessary.
It is my opinion that in 20 years, doctors everywhere will look at x-rays of lumbar fusions and wonder to themselves, “What on Earth were we ever thinking to do this to people?” That does NOT make surgeons bad people and most importantly, bad doctors. It means that things progress and right now, this very second, back pain is at the forefront of the newest information.
That is due to two factors:
- Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
- The opioid crisis is still at its peak with no end in sight.
As a result of the increased attention on back pain, new recommendations are coming out daily that have been proven to provide patients superior results and outcomes when we compare them to even five years ago.
In fact, the medical profession, via some of the most important and influential groups and publications, now recommends spinal manipulative therapy as an effective first-line therapy for back pain. This is HUGE for chiropractic because chiropractors perform about 90% of spinal manipulative therapies in the United States of America.
Essentially, the medical profession has been telling America for the last 2-3 years to try chiropractic first for your back pain. That means before aspirin or Ibuprofen. Before any kind of pills. Before expensive and invasive shots and surgeries. Before any of those treatments, alongside a few other options, you should try chiropractic care. First!
Here is an easy-to-read flow chart demonstrating what a big deal this is. When the sources of the recommendations are sources such as the American College of Physicians, The British Medical Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet Medical Journal, The Joint Commission, the FDA, the CDC, and non-medical sources like Consumer Reports and The White House…..well, I’m not sure what else we could add to the discussion.
SEE THE FLOW CHART BELOW
If your doctor told you to visit the chiropractor for your back pain, would you do it?