When you hear the word chiropractic, do you
think of care for back pain?
You'd be surprised to learn that the world's first chiropractic patient (1895) was saved from 17 years of deafness and the world's second chiropractic patient was relieved of a heart condition.

Thousands soon praised chiropractic for saving them from headaches, colds, allergies, asthma, sciatica, arthritis, seizures, ear infections, stomach trouble, gynecological problems and many other conditions in addition to back pain.

About 85% of the population will experience disabling low back pain at least once during their lives! That's almost all of us. The problem is so bad that at any one time, according to one researcher, 6.8% of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more than two weeks. That's a lot of bad backs. The estimated cost of this problem in the U.S, is over $50 billion a year.

Do Medical Treatments & Surgery Help ?

The standard medical approach to back pain varies depending on the severity of the condition. Muscle relaxers, pain killers, rest and physical therapy such as traction are sometimes used.

The medical approach is at times necessary--even back surgery has a place. But according to some studies, most spinal surgery for acute lower back problems should be rarely performed. Many people who have had back surgery report a recurrence of their symptoms within a year or two of the operation and may return to the operating table. In some cases, the surgery makes no difference whatsoever, and in some cases it does give long-term relief.

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractors have helped millions of people with low back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs and surgery. The chiropractor's purpose is to make your spine and it's nerves, discs and muscles healthier, stronger and more stable by correcting your vertebral subluxations (misaligned vertebrae causing pressure to the nerve that follows through your body to the brain).

Anyone suffering from a back problem should see a chiropractor to make sure there are no subluxations and to have them removed or corrected if found. This may make the difference between a life of ease, health and comfort, or a life of pain, disease and disability.

What Do Major Government Studies Reveal?

Low back pain sufferers have received very good news lately. Major government studies from the U.S. and Canada, have reaffirmed what chiropractic patients have been telling their friends with back pain for years: "Why don't you see my chiropractor? You'll probably get better much faster than from drugs or surgery--and it's safer too."

In 1994, the federal government sent shockwaves throughout the health care system when a definitive public pronoucement established chiropractic as one of the preferred and most effective methods of care for acute adult low back pain. The experts recommended the non-drug chiropractic approach: "The therapuetic objectives of manipulation include symptomatic relief and functional improvement."

The Manga Report was commissioned by the government of Ontario in Canada. Leading economists found that chiropractic care for patients with low back pain is superior to medical care in terms of safety, scientific evidence of effectiveness, cost and patient satisfaction.

The higher satisfaction levels expressed by patients of chiropractors...offers an overhwhelming case in favour of much greater use of chiropractic services in the management of low-back pain.

The Facts Speak For Themselves

Doctors of chiropractic relieve chronic and severe pain, both immediate and log term, in one half the time it takes medical physicians not trained in chiropractic procedures. There are now in excess of 60 scientific studies which demonstrate the value of manipulation...manipulation is a most effective and cost-effective form of treatment for dysfunctional problems in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines.

For patients with acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy (pain going up & down the arms or legs), scientific evidence suggests spinal manipulation is effective in reducing pain and perhaps speeding recovery within the first month of symptoms.

Studies have shown chiropractic works better, is safer and less costly than standard medicine for lower back complaints.

Lauritsen Chiropractic
Dr. Lyle Lauritsen

Turtle Lake, WI (715) 986-4600