Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 report. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
Of the approximately 22 million people who visit a chiropractor each year, 35 percent are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries and muscle strains.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.
In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.
A patient information article published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association also suggested chiropractic care as the preferred option for people suffering from low back pain–and noted that surgery is usually not needed and should only be tried if other therapies fail.
At the Chiropractic Lifestyle Center, Dr. Cory Koch will first take a look at your medical history, perform a physical examination to determine what type of treatment is appropriate for your back pain. The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the Dr. Koch manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors, including Dr. Koch may also incorporate nutritional counseling and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief. To make an appointment, call 913-768-0000 or fill out the form on the right side of this page.