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from The Lancet

Scientific papers published in The Lancet (the world’s top medical journal) featured low back pain and the effectiveness of current treatments.  The scientific papers highlighted the value of spinal manipulation (chiropractic) and other nondrug options before turning to medication such as NSAIDs (not opiate pain drugs). 

 

  • The best research in the world’s top medical journal made recommendations that work.

  • Most patients are not getting the best treatment (e.g., pain killers and surgery)

  • Things you can do on your own:

    • Stay active

    • Heat

  • When treatment is needed:

    • Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation

    • Heat

    • Massage

    • Acupuncture

  • Medicate only if needed after treatment is not working

    • NSAID medications like Motrin,  Aleve, Tylenol

    • Avoid Opiate medication

 

“Good Morning America” aired the segment entitled “New Research on Lower Back Pain: Are Millions of People Getting Effective Treatment?  The segment highlighted the main points in the scientific papers, emphasizing that spinal manipulation (chiropractic) and other forms of conservative care should be prioritized over medication when treating low back pain. 

“Good Morning America” anchor, Robin Roberts opened the segment by saying “According to research, many treatments, including surgery and pain medication) could be all wrong.”

She then introduced Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the chief medical editor for the show. Dr Ashton described the papers as the “magnum opus on low back pain” (most important).

Dr. Ashton described first-line treatments to include, staying active (the worst thing you can do is stay in bed), and education, finding out what works (chiropractic) and what doesn’t work (opiates) from reputable sources (The Lancet).

Dr. Ashton continued with the second-line treatment options, ” this is really what I want people to pay attention too,” she said, including superficial heat, spinal manipulation (chiropractic), massage and acupuncture.

Dr. Ashton added that NSAID medication is also considered second-line treatment, but should be utilized “only if the other things are not working.”

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