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Low Back Pain

Between 70% - 85% of us get back pain at some time in our lives.

Back pain is very, very common. About 85% of the population will experience disabling low back pain at least once during their lives!. Almost half of all adults in Britain get back pain that lasts at least a day each year.
Every year about 5 million people see their GP because of back pain. Back pain is not just restricted to adults for example a recent survey of 500 school children aged between 10 and 16 years in the North-West of England found that 13% of children experienced recurrent low back pain.

The Medical Approach to Back Pain

About 5 million a year visit their GP because of Back Pain. The standard medical approach to back pain varies depending on the severity of the Condition. Muscle relaxers, painkillers, rest and physical therapy such as traction and ultrasound. these approaches are often found wanting however.(1) 30% of all GP consultations are about musculoskeletal complaints.(2) Even bed rest has been found ineffective for a serious form of back and leg pain called sciatica (2). The medical approach is at times necessary - even back surgery has a place. The department of health has issued its recommendations for the treatment of back pain in the musculoskeletal services framework.  This framework suggests referral of patients to chiropractors.

Our Approach

Chiropractors have helped millions of people with low back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs and surgery.  Chiropractic care is more effective than hospital outpatient treatment for back pain.
Spinal manipulation followed by exercise is effective in terms of costs and effectiveness when compared with ‘best care’ in General Practice.

We at Warrington Chiropractic Centre are able to offer you piece of mind with our safe and effective care. We can offer an assessment, diagnosis, and management of rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders using an evidence based package of care involving advice support and exercise.  In addition we are also able to offer the most scientifically researched chiropractic technique available.

References
(1) Acute low back problems in adults. Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. U.Sl Dept of Health and Human Svcs. Public Health Service. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, Maryland, Dec. 1994
(2) Department of Health, 2006. Musculoskelet Services Framework.
(3) Patrick CAJ, Vroomen MC, Marc CTFM, et al lack of effectiveness of bed rest for sciatica.  The New England Journal of Medicine. 1999;340:418-423

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