We've mentioned previously the troubling statistic that eight
of 10 people will suffer back pain at some point in their
lifetime. If you think
you can put up with the pain, take note of another disturbing
statistic: Back pain is a leading cause of workplace health
problems and sick leave from work.
More and more people are recognizing chiropractic as an effective
method of managing back pain (and many other musculoskeletal
conditions). If personal experience and research evidence
haven't yet convinced you, maybe a recent study in the Journal
of the Neuromusculoskeletal System will do the job. The
study involved 103 workers referred for chiropractic treatment
from four manufacturing companies in England. Patients completed
a screening questionnaire at their initial visit, with subsequent
questionnaires completed at visits 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Patients reported decreases in all outcome measures, including:
pain intensity; disability in daily living, work and social
activities; anxiety about the condition; depression; and attitudes
about work activity making the problem worse. There was also
evidence of patients' overall satisfaction with treatment
and perceived self-improvement. Most impressive perhaps, all
employees remained working or returned to work within eight
You may not be able to avoid back pain, but there's certainly
something you can do about it. Don't be part of the statistics.
If you're suffering from back pain, schedule an appointment
with a doctor of chiropractic. And for more information on
back pain, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/backpain.html.
Blokland MP, Bolton JE, Gration J. Chiropractic treatment
in workers with musculoskeletal complaints. Journal of
the Neuromusculoskeletal System 2000: Vol. 8, pp17-23.