Musculoskeletal pain refers to any form of physical pain we commonly feel on our back, neck, legs, especially as we grow older. Traditional ways to deal with these form pain involved strong painkillers and complicated surgeries, but advancement in the field of chiropractic studies now show that not only can your chiropractor in Toronto, help to treat musculoskeletal pain, they can even provide some benefits that medicines and surgery cannot.
Recent study conducted in Switzerland shades more light into the matter, as Michael Milton writes about it in the article below:
Why Chiropractic is Superior for Musculoskeletal Pain
Countless studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat musculoskeletal complaints like back pain, neck pain, or sciatica. Now a new study from Switzerland has looked at the relative benefits of chiropractic compared to medical care for the most common types of pain issues.
In this study, the authors examined data from people who reported spinal, hip, or shoulder pain. 403 patients saw a medical doctor for relief; 316 people saw a chiropractor. Four months after treatment, the patients were asked to fill out a survey reporting on their recovery.
The authors found that:
- “Patients initially consulting MDs had significantly less reduction in their numerical pain rating score…”
- Patients who saw MDs were significantly less satisfied with the care they received and the outcome of that care.
- Patients who saw a chiropractor had significantly lower healthcare costs for their treatment.
The authors conclude that patients should first be sent to a chiropractor for musculoskeletal problems, rather than a medical doctor:
“The findings of this study support first-contact care provided by DCs as an alternative to first-contact care provided by MDs for a select number of musculoskeletal conditions. Restrictive models of care in which patients are required to contact a medical provider before consulting a chiropractic provider may be counterproductive for patients experiencing the musculoskeletal conditions investigated and possibly others. In addition to potentially reducing healthcare costs, direct access to chiropractic care may ease the workload on MDs, particularly in areas with poor medical coverage and hence enabling them to focus on complex cases. The minority of patients with complex health problems initially consulting a chiropractic provider would be referred to, or co-managed with, a medical provider to provide optimal care.”
Chiropractic treatments are more than just cracking some bones and pulling some muscles. The more we study, newer evidences are popping up to support the health benefits of chiro. Especially elders, whose bodies are weak to deal with strong chemicals, can find some great health benefits from chiropractic care. Check out the slide below to know more: