According to the American Chiropractic Association, research shows that up to 80% of the population will experience it at some point during their lives.1 It is also the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.2
It can be intense and sharp, possibly from an injury or moving wrong, and heals in a few days or weeks. For other people it can be persistent, severely changing their ability to spend time with family and friends, hobbies, and work. This can lead to depression in some cases.
A recent global survey of health conditions identified back pain as the single most disabling condition worldwide.3
In today’s day and age, our lifestyles have become stationary and underactive. The rate of obesity has risen and back pain has become more widespread, even in young children.
Spinal health is an important factor in preventing pain, as well as maintaining overall health and well-being. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) encourages people to take steps to improve their spinal health and avoid injury.
These can go a long way in helping people to strengthen their spines and potentially avoid serious injury and chronic pain:
- Better nutrition
- Ergonomic workspace
- Proper lifting and movement techniques
Back Pain Treatments
The treatment has changed a lot over the years. People used to take prescription medication and lay down to ease and “help” the pain. Now, research supports trying a drug-free option first, while staying as active as possible.
The epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has also led many health groups to reconsider the value of a conservative approach to common conditions such as back pain. For example, the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical-specialty society in the world, updated its back pain treatment guidelines4 to support a conservative approach to care.
In addition to the addiction, abuse and overuse of prescription drugs, they can numb the pain which makes the consumer think the issue isn’t as bad and can lead to over-exertion, causing more of a problem. They only cover up the pain, they don’t fix the problem!
Not to mention, prescription medicines are expensive, so chiropractic is a great economic solution to back pain as well! A 2012 study found that spinal manipulation for neck and back pain was cost-effective used either alone or combined with other therapies first.5
Another study based on Washington state workers found that 42.7 percent of people who visited a surgeon first for work-related back pain eventually had surgery, compared to only 1.5 percent of those who visited a chiropractor first.6
Chiropractic services are most often used to treat conditions like back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches and migraines. Dr. Hruby practices a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Hruby is known for his expertise in spinal manipulation, but is also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
I have been dealing with back issues for years and after a few visits to Dr. Hruby I feel light years better than before. He also accepts referrals from the V.A. So to any Vets out there I promise you wont regret visiting the good doctor. He provides a plethora of information and does an excellent job explaining his findings and recommendations for treatment. I have not had the time to experience the other services his practice offers, however I have no doubt they are just as productive. Lastly, one of his best qualities is that he doesn’t try to sell you on any extras. He simply provides you with all the details so that you can make your own decisions.Braxton
1. Rubin Dl. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Spine Pain. Neurol Clin, 2007; May;25(2):353-71.
2. Hart LG, et al. Physician Office Visits for Low Back Pain: Frequency, Clinical Evaluation, and Treatment Patterns from a U.S. National Survey. Spine, 1995; 20:11–9.
3. GBD 2015 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet. 2016 Oct 7; 388:1545–1602.Qaseem A, et al. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med, 2017;166(7):514-530.
4. Machado GC, et al. Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs for Spinal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Published online first, Feb. 2, 2017; doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210597
5. Michaleff ZA, et al. Spinal Manipulation Epidemiology: Systemic Review of Cost Effectiveness Studies. J Electromyogr Kinesiology, Oct 2012; 22(5):655-652.
6. Keeney et al. Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery after Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State. Spine, 2013; 38(11):953- 964.