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How To Prevent Back Pain At The Computer

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Low Back Pain From Sitting?

We have been providing treatment for back pain in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years.  

One of the more common problems patients present with at our chiropractic clinics is back pain from sitting long periods in front of a computer. Some of our patients spend 10-12 hours per day there doing repetitive movements. This is very hard on the back, neck and upper extremities and can often lead to chronic pain and disability.

So what is the best way to prevent back pain from sitting at the computer?

Well, first and foremost you want to think “healthy lifestyle”. That’s right…the same lifestyle choices that keep you strong and healthy will also increase your resistance to injury at your workstation. Here is a partial list of lifestyle choices that matter:

  • Get plenty of sleep. When you are tired and run down you are unable to perform at your best and your immune system is also compromised which predisposes you to sickness and injury.
  • Drink plenty of water. The body is 70% water and constantly needs to be replenished. Water also helps keeps the spinal discs hydrated and healthy.
  • Exercise frequently. Exercise keeps the spine, muscles and joints flexible and healthy which reduces your chances of repetitive stress injuries from sitting long periods.
  • Consume plant foods. That’s right, plant foods are “anti-inflammatory”. The typical American diet is pro-inflammatory and is a primary contributor to back pain.
  • Use a cervical pillow when you sleep as this will help to maintain proper spinal alignment.

In addition, there are some very specific things you can do at work to prevent back pain:

  • Take frequent Micro-breaks. Every 15-30 minutes or so get up and walk around for 1-2 minutes. This is a good time to stretch and drink some water.
  • Stretch throughout the day. Simply go to YouTube and search for stretches you can do at your desk. Then do them. Your chiropractor can also provide you with some handouts. This will go a long way helping to prevent and reduce back and neck pain.
  • Proper ergonomic set-up. Make sure your workstation is set-up properly. A few tweaks here and there can reduce stress on your body that can build-up and lead to injury and back pain.
  • Deep breathing exercises and help relax muscles, clear the mind, and reduce stress.

There you go. You really can work long hours at the computer and live a healthy “back pain free” lifestyle. It just takes a little attention and focus. It’s well worth the effort.

In the event you do develop back pain you should visit your chiropractor.  Some people choose to do this on a regular basis for prevention and maintenance. Others just come in whenever they feel they need a tune-up. Chiropractic is quick, painless, affordable, and effective.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Low Back Pain Treatment Options

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Low Back Pain Treatment in San Francisco, CA

We have been treating low back pain in San Francisco since 1992.

Low back pain is very common. In fact, over 80% of us will experience low back pain at some point in our life. Many of us will go on to suffer with chronic back pain, which is back pain that persists for for 90 days.  The #1 predisposing factor for chronic back pain is previous back pain.

So what causes low back pain?

Low back pain can often appear to arise out of the blue for no apparent reason. However, as back pain specialists we know that there is a cause for every effect, and an effect for every cause. We also know that low back pain can work in very mysterious ways and a correct diagnosis can often be challenging.

Here are some common low back pain causes:

  • Obesity or carrying too much weight can put stress on the spine, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons leading to spine and disc degeneration and herniated and bulging discs.
  • Poor Ergonomics at work or at home can create abnormal stress on the spine.
  • Sleeping on your stomach can cause spinal distortion which leads to chronic neck and back pain as well as poor posture and headaches.
  • Sports injuries.
  • Auto Accidents.
  • Poor Posture.
  • Stress and lack of sleep can predispose the spine to injury from normal home and work activities.
  • Congenital spinal disorders which may be undetected.
  • Sprains and Sprains from slips and falls.
  • Psychological problems often manifest as back pain and must be considered.
  • And more. 

Since back pain is so common and there are many varieties of it, it is important to know the best course of action if you happen to get it.

We recommend that use a cervical pillow when they sleep with another pillow under their knees (when on their back). When you are on your side you would put the pillow between your knees. We like the Tempur-Pedic Pillows.

Here is a To-Do List of things to prevent low back pain:

  • Drink lots of water as it hydrates the spinal discs.
  • Stretch frequently.
  • Take lots of breaks at work and walk around (and stretch).
  • Use a cervical pillow.
  • Maintain proper body-weight.
  • Exercise frequently.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Relax and meditate.
  • Eat a plant based diet or lots of fruits and vegetables (anti-inflammatory).

If you do happen to suffer with back pain then you should consider seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors are lifestyle experts that can not only help you with all of the above, but can also help adjust spinal misalignment’s that may have resulted from things being out of balance or injury.

Here are some of the ways a chiropractor can help your low back pain:

  • Spinal adjustments.
  • Extremity adjustments.
  • Massage.
  • Laser.
  • Exercises.
  • Ergonomic instruction.
  • Cervical Pillow fitting.
  • Lifestyle Coaching.

Some chiropractors such as us also have medical doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and advanced diagnostic equipment to assist you even further.

It may be a good idea to incorporate regular chiropractic adjustments into your health regimen to prevent low back pain…especially if you have a history of it. This is what many famous athletes and performers do. And the thing is…it’s not expensive and you have access to the same chiropractors.

To find out if you are a candidate for low back pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

We have to Financial District locations to serve you and they are within walking distance of each other. Here is a link to our primary clinic Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Sciatica From Sitting Long Periods

sciatica treatment SFWe have been providing treatment for sciatica in San Francisco for over 23 years now. 

Most of the people we provide chiropractic services to in the SF Financial District spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer for long periods. This is very hard on the body…especially the low back.

Sciatica (pain that travels down the leg/s) occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and is formed by branches of nerves that exit from in between the bones in your low back.  Pressure on these nerves, which are very sensitive to pressure, can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg/s.

The primary cause of sciatica is a bulging or herniated disc in the lumbar spine (low back).  A herniated or bulging disc is a condition whereby the center (gelatinous) portion of the spinal disc pushes through the fibrous contain walls of the disc and irritates the spinal nerve roots or nerves.

A herniated disc can happen from a trauma such as a car accident, sports injury, or slip and fall. Or, more commonly, develop over time from abnormal wear and tear due to poor ergonomics or sleeping postures, stress, not enough rest, and life.

Obesity is a primary cause of back pain, sciatica and disc herniations  because it puts relentless stress of the joints of the spine, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sitting all day for years and years can take it’s toll too. Especially if you are overweight or do not live a healthy lifestyle.

There are things you can do to counteract the negative effects of sitting for long periods. Exercise is high on the list. Chiropractic adjustments are also. Frequent breaks can help, especially if you stretch and walk around in between sitting. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables with have anti-inflammatory effects can help too.

We also recommend deep breathing techniques and Yoga as a way to counter the negative effects of mental stress and the physical effects of sitting.

Unfortunately, sitting for long periods has also been linked to heart attacks and strokes…even cancer.  The moral of the story is that we need to move around way more than was previously thought. Doing so will not only reduce the odds of developing sciatica…it will also be good for your heart and overall health and wellbeing.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors, please call 415-392-2225. Ask for an office tour. We have 2 clinics to serve you in downtown SF.  

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Managing Low Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in San Francisco for over 22 years. 

Male Patient Visiting Doctor's Office With Back AcheOver 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Many will develop chronic low back pain which is back pain that persists for over 90 days. Some will develop low back pain that goes away…but then it returns and becomes worse. Some get low back pain that goes away and never returns…and everything in between. Just about every case is unique and should be treated as such.

Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or legs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve can also result from the same underlying causes of low back pain. In fact, you can have sciatica and not have back pain at all…just the pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in the leg. Most patients with low back pain just have low back pain with varying levels of severity.

The causes of low back pain are many. Things like obesity or weight gain can put too much stress on the low back and cause low back pain. If this persists it can result in thinning of the discs, disc degeneration, bulging and herniated spinal discs, and spinal stenosis. Since 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese this is a primary cause.

Then there are injuries to the spine from sports, exercising, car accidents, poor posture and ergonomics, bad sleeping habits, slips and falls, traveling, and other activities of life.

Here are some of the more common conditions that cause Low Back Pain:  

  • Lumbar sprain or strain
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Vertebral Subluxation and Misalignment
  • Spondylolisthesis

The good news is the low back pain responds very favorable to chiropractic adjustments. This is good because often times the true cause is not known. That’s right…you can take 10 different doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical, whatever, and get 10 different opinions. I sure would not want to be getting back surgery under these conditions. But chiropractic…sure, why not? Chiropractic is 100% natural and very very safe…and gentle too.

Heck…all you care about is getting rid of your low back pain right? Not many patients care about the name the doctor gives it…and why should you?

Here is an excerpt from an article entitled The Mysteries of Low Back Pain on the great website Chiro-Trust.org

Do you realize how complicated the low back region is when it comes to investigating the cause of low back pain (LBP)? There can be findings on an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan such as degenerative disk disease, arthritis, even bulging and/or herniated disks that have NOTHING to do with why the back hurts. Similarly, there are often other abnormal findings present in many of us who have NO low back pain whatsoever! Because of this seemingly paradoxical situation, we as clinicians must be careful not to over-diagnose based on the presence of these “abnormal findings” AND on the same hand, be careful not to under-diagnose them as well.

Looking further into this interesting paradox, one study reported findings that support this point. Investigators examined 67 asymptomatic individuals who had NO prior history of low back pain and evaluated them using magnetic resonant imaging (MRI). They found 21 of the 67 (31%) had an identifiable disk and/or spinal canal abnormality (which is where the spinal cord and nerves run). Seven years later, this same group of non-suffering individuals were once again contacted to see if they had developed any back problems within that time frame. The goal of the study was to determine if one could “predict” who might develop low back pain based on certain abnormal imaging findings in non-suffering subjects. A questionnaire was sent to each of these individuals, of which 50 completed and returned the questionnaire. A repeat MRI scan was performed on 31 of these subjects, and two neurologists and one orthopedic spine surgeon interpreted the MRI studies using a blinded approach (without having knowledge about the subject’s symptoms or lack thereof). Each level was assessed for abnormalities including disk bulging/herniation and degeneration. Those who had initial abnormal findings were defined as “progressed” (worsened) if an increased severity of the original finding was evident or if additional or new spinal levels had become involved over the seven-year time span.

Of the 50 who returned the questionnaire, 29 (58%) had NO low back pain. Full story here

Bottom Line: It’s easy to get all caught-up in a bunch of unnecessary diagnostic testing and doctors visits. My recommendation is to make the first visit to the chiropractor…it will most likely also be your last.

To find out if you are a candidate for low back pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Sciatica Relief in San Francisco

sciatica relief in SFWe have been providing treatment for Sciatica in San Francisco for over 22 years now.

The majority of the time, sciatica (leg pain) is the result of Pinched Nerves in the low back (lumbar spine). Pinched nerves or nerve roots are mostly caused by herniated or bulging discs.

Pinched lumbar nerves can also be asymptomatic. That’s right, you can have a herniated disc in the lumbar spine and have no symptoms. In fact, unless there is a trauma, herniated discs usually develop over time and the symptoms such as sciatica happen after the problem has been there for a while.

When a chiropractic patient presents with new symptoms of sciatica they have a tendency to think the problem is new…and it is in a way…but the cause has usually been there a while if the cause is a bulging or herniated disc, which it usually is.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that herniated and bulging discs in the low back, and the low back pain and sciatica they cause, respond favorably to gentle chiropractic care.

In the event that sciatica does not respond to chiropractic care we have nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 as a “next step”.

Spinal decompression systems are designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, and degenerative disc disease. The DRX9000 is safe, gentle and effective. It’s also painless. Sure, some get sore in the beginning, but that’s how it is with most treatments that are physical in nature.

So there you go. If you are suffering with low back pain or sciatica or both, you may have a herniated disc in the low back.

Your best bet is to find a doctor that treats herniated discs on a regular basis and does so nonsurgically. We are the clinic with the most experience treating herniated discs in SF. We also have a team of medical doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and nutrition experts.

To find out if you are a candidate for Sciatica Relief in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Sciatica Treatment in San Francisco

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Spinal Decompression Therapy SF

We have been providing treatment for Sciatica in San Francisco for over 22 years now.

Recently, Executive Express Chiropractic (EEC) as acquired by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) is a team of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and staff that are highly trained in the area of sports medicine and chronic pain syndromes.

What this means to you is we now have the ability to combine nonsurgical spinal decompression at Executive Express Chiropractic with physical medicine at CMG, which is only a short walk away. Patients are reporting outstanding results so far.

Sciatica, which mean “pain in the leg” is caused primarily by pinched nerves in the low back due to herniated and bulging discs. These conditions tend to be progressive in nature and can become severe and debilitating.

Fortunately, sciatica responds favorably to conservative chiropractic care and exercises most of the time. It just depends on the nature and severity of your condition. In the event chiropractic fails to deliver favorable outcomes with chiropractic we will consider spinal decompression with the DRX9000 as a next step.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, disc degeneration, and facet syndromes, naturally.

The treatment program is around 6-10 weeks depending on the severity of the problem and necessary rehab involved. If you have health insurance they will most likely cover some of the ancillary charges such as exercises, x-rays, medical consultations, blood work, physical therapy and home care supplies.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging lumbar disc and are experiencing low back pain or sciatica then we would be glad to meet with you to discuss treatment options.

To find out if you are a candidate for low back pain and sciatica treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and schedule a consultation with one of our back pain doctors. 

Chances are…you will be glad you did :-)

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Low Back Pain and Weightlifting

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              Weightlifting and Low Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in downtown San Francisco for over 22 years now.

Many of our patients identify weightlifting as the source of their low back pain. Others say weightlifting helps their low back pain. So the question becomes…Is weightlifting good for my back or does it cause back pain?

Well…this is a great question and unfortunately there is no easy answer.

It just depends on your individual circumstances. In general, there is always a point where stress overcomes resistance. No matter how good a shape you are in you can still overdo it. In fact, most of the patients that list weightlifting or working out as a cause of their low back or neck pain are in pretty good shape…they just did too much.

Sometimes we predispose our back to problems and don’t even realize it. There are so many variables. Things like mental stress, which can tighten muscles can make your next workout with weights do more harm than good.

Heck, even a new pair of workout shoes can cause your low back muscles to work differently than they are used to, resulting in post workout low back pain. Traveling, moving, a new chair, a new bed or pillow, and many more lifestyle modifications can contribute to low back pain that you associate with lifting weights.

There are also those that start a new workout (New Years resolutions) that get new low back pain or sciatica. This usually happens because they overdo it or are just too out of shape when they start and they send their body into shock. It’s best to start off really easy and build up intensity and duration slowly over time. Think “long term”.

Sure, poor weightlifting techniques and performing exercises that just don’t work for you will always be a cause of low back pain…but this is where common sense and trial and error come into play. Always test new exercises gingerly. And if you can afford it, hire a personal trainer to guide you along.

In addition, regular chiropractic adjustments from a chiropractor that works-out and treats lots of patients that work out should be very high on your list. Not only will your chiropractor be able to assist you with your workout plans, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors…they will be able to help ensure that you recover quickly from your weightlifting sessions and stay in proper alignment.

Chiropractic is the perfect workout partner!

So there you go. Sure, weightlifting can cause back pain.  But there are many adjustable factors. There are not many activities that give you as many health benefits as weightlifting. It’s worth the effort to figure out how to make it work for you.

To schedule an appointment for low back pain treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Our chiropractors are all sports oriented and workout with weights regularly. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Back Pain Treatment with Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

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Spinal Decompression Therapy SF

We have been providing treatment for back pain in downtown San Francisco for over 22 years now.

About 10 years ago we began to include nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into the mix. The results have been outstanding.

Spinal decompression can help avoid surgery by repairing herniated and lumbar disc naturally. This is possible because decompression systems are designed and built to elongate the spine, enlarge the disc spaces and re-position the injured spinal disc into a more normal position away from the spinal nerve roots and spinal cord.

Decompression therapy is NOT  “magic bullet”. In fact, it takes quite a bit of effort by both the patient and doctor to achieve a favorable outcome.

Te typical course of spinal decompression therapy is 20 sessions over a 6 week period. There is extensive home care, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle modifications. The patients that do the most achieve the best results.

Disc decompression to the lumbar spine for the most part is painless and a majority of our patients actually fall asleep during treatments. Sometimes there can be soreness and if there is it is usually bearable and not extreme. Though moderate to sever discomfort is possible…just not likely.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation and tour of the DRX9000.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Low Back Pain From a Herniated Disc?

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Low Back Pain

We have been providing natural treatment for low back pain and sciatica in the San Francisco Financial District for over 22 years now. 

A common cause of low back pain and sciatica is a herniated or bulging lumbar disc. This condition is often referred to as a “Pinched Nerve” because the herniated or bulging disc traps the nerve as it exits the spine. Nerves are very sensitive to any kind of pressure. Even the weight of a pencil erasure on the sciatic nerve can alter the nerve signal by 60% and cause severe pain.

When a patient presents to a chiropractor with low back pain or sciatica we will check for a pinched nerve. If it is determined you have a pinched nerve from a herniated disc we will prescribe a course of treatment that may include chiropractic adjustments, exercises, massage or nonsurgical spinal decompression.

This combination of treatment is highly effective when it comes to reducing the symptoms associated with herniated or bulging discs and can often times help prevent back surgery.

If you feel you may have a herniated herniated disc in your low back it is probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor first. They may want to take x-rays or send you for an MRI in order to quantify the problem. Sometimes we need to do this first and sometimes we don’t.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.  

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Low Back Surgery or Chiropractic? Study Results

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Low Back Pain Treatment in SF

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Low back pain (LBP) is the second most common cause of disability in the United States (US) and a very common reason for lost days at work with an estimated 149 million days of work lost per year. The total cost associated with this is astronomical at between $100-200 billion/yr, of which 2/3rds are due to decreased wages and productivity. More than 80% of the population will have an episode of LBP at some point in their lifetime. The good news is that 95% recover within two to three months of onset. However, some never recover which leads to chronic LBP (LBP > 3 months), and 20-44% will have a recurrence of LBP within one year with lifetime recurrences of up to 85%! What this means is that most of us have, have had, or will have LBP, and we’ll get it again! So the question is, what are we going to do about it?

 

            Surgery has traditionally been considered a “last resort” with less invasive approaches recommended first. Chiropractic adjustments and management strategies have traditionally faired very well when compared to other non-surgical methods like physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy. But, is there evidence that by receiving chiropractic treatment, low back surgery can be avoided? Let’s take a look!

 

            A recent study was designed to determine whether or not we could predict those who would require low back surgery within three years of a job-related back injury. This is a very important study as back injuries are the most common occupational injury in the US, and few studies have investigated what, if any, early predictors of future spine surgery after work-related injury exist. The study reviewed cases of 1,885 Washington state workers, of which 174 or 9.2% had low back surgery within three years. The initial predictors of surgery included high disability scores on questionnaires, greater injury severity, and seeing a surgeon as the first provider after the injury. Reduced odds of having surgery included: 1) <35 years old; 2) Females; 3) Hispanics; and 4) those who FIRST saw a chiropractor. Approximately 43% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery compared to ONLY 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor! WOW!!! This study supports the FACT that IF a low back injured worker first sees a chiropractor vs. a surgeon, the likelihood of needing surgery in the three years after the injury would be DRAMATICALLY reduced! In fact, the strongest predictor of whether an injured worker would undergo surgery was found to be related to who they saw first after the injury: a surgeon or a chiropractor.

           

If this isn’t enough evidence, another recent study (University of British Columbia) looked at the safety of spine surgery and reported that (taken from a group of 942 LBP surgical patients): 1) 87% had at least one documented complication; 2) 39% of the 87% had to stay longer in the hospital as a result; 3) 10.5% had a complication during the surgery; 4) 73.5% had a post-surgical complication (which included: 8% delirium, 7% pneumonia, 5% nerve pain, 4.5% had difficulty swallowing, 3% nerve deterioration, 13.5% wound complication); 5) 14 people died as a surgical complication. Another study showed lower annual healthcare costs for those receiving chiropractic vs. those who did not. The “take-home” message is clear: TRY CHIROPRACTIC FIRST!!!

 

            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family both presently and in the future.

To schedule an appointment for low back pain treatment in downtown San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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