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Back Pain: Chiropractor’s View

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Abstract

In educating engineering students about geology, the advice given to the geology tutors is your job is to convince the engineers that when they need a geologist they should send for one. That might also be a good advice now to those in the medical professions treating patients with non-specific back pain: when you need a chiropractor, send for one or at least talk to one. In the face of the escalating opioid deaths from prescription drugs, there is a compelling, and ethical, obligation for health providers to consider non-pharmacological therapies for treating pain. These therapies have evidence for efficacy and safety, are not addictive, and are associated with a very low rate of adverse events. Chiropractic falls squarely within the framework of these therapies. In most jurisdictions chiropractic is defined as the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions without the use of drugs or surgery. As with all the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions, pain is the number one condition that drives patients to CAM providers and specifically low back pain in the case of chiropractors. It is estimated that one in five of all adults in the United States and Canada will use chiropractic care at some time in their life. The purpose of this chapter is to provide information that can help medical practitioners in deciding when to refer to chiropractors. This requires some knowledge about chiropractic education and training, the thinking and practice behind chiropractic care, the different views about back pain and health generally, and the different types of management of back pain arising from that point of view.

Keywords

  • Chiropractic
  • Non-pharmacological
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Primary spine care

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Coulter, I.D., Schneider, M.J., Egan, J., Murphy, D.R., Mior, S.A., Jacob, G. (2021). Back Pain: Chiropractor’s View. In: Cheng, B.C. (eds) Handbook of Spine Technology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44424-6_141

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