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Chiropractic Physicians Provide Natural Alternatives for Pain Treatment, Injury Prevention

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests patients try chiropractic services for the treatment of low back pain. According to the article, surgery is not usually needed and should only be considered if more conservative therapies fail. The information in JAMA reinforces the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) position that conservative care options should serve as a first line of defense against pain.

The article, part of JAMA’s Patient Page public education series, explains that the back is made up of bones, nerves, muscles and other soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons that support posture and give the body flexibility. Back pain can be caused by problems with any of the structures in the back.

As neuromusculoskeletal experts, chiropractic physicians are particularly well suited to manage and help prevent low back pain.

“As JAMA suggests surgery is more effective when utilized appropriately. A key component of this is trying chiropractic and other more conservative types of treatment for their back pain before surgery is considered. Chiropractic is safe and cost effective as a first step. In those less frequent cases where chiropractic fails to provide substantial relief surgery is a reasonable next step” said Dr. Andrew Cohen, DC of downtown San Francisco.

For those who are currently pain-free, the exercise tips, posture recommendations and guidance on injury prevention routinely provided by chiropractic physicians can help people maintain a healthy back throughout their lives. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org/backpain. To schedule an appointment call Vince at 415-762-8141 or schedule online at www.ProActiveSF.com