The Key to Successful Back Pain Recovery

Do you want to understand the secret to excellent back pain relief? It's not resting on your couch, suffering in pain while you wait for it to improve. It's not just doing your day-to-day exercise therapy and applying ice packs. So what is it?

Physical therapies are wonderful for musculoskeletal injury, but to get the entire effects of the exercise you're going to need to get therapy that corrects misalignments in the muscles plus the spine. That's where your Salem, OR chiropractor, Dr. Bhasin, can help. If you have sprained your back, it is likely that you have a vertebra or two out-of-place. Lengthening and conditioning your back muscles alone won't be enough to fix the out-of-place vertebrae. One recent study explains why combining physical therapy with chiropractic is so beneficial.

Investigators studied 49 people with chronic back pain who were randomly assigned to get either manual therapy or sham (placebo) treatment. Manual therapies included techniques commonly used by Dr. Bhasin, like chiropractic adjustments and spinal mobilization. Immediately after treatment, patients did exercises like stretches, muscle and motor control exercises, mobility exercises, and conditioning. The patients were treated eight times, with an examination after three and six months.

Directly after treatment, patients treated with chiropractic plus exercise experienced better pain relief than the placebo plus exercise group. The benefit seen in the treatment room continued at the three and six-month follow-up sessions. The chiropractic participants had lower disability and a trend towards lower pain scores compared to the sham group. These findings indicate that a blended treatment of chiropractic and exercise could be better than exercise therapy alone for back problems.

So if you'd like lasting relief of back pain, pick up the phone and give our office in Salem, OR a call. After a few visits with Dr. Bhasin, you'll wonder why you didn't call sooner!

Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162.