Low Back Pain

At Graham Rehabilitation and Wellness Center a multidisciplinary approach is used to accurately diagnose and then treat your lower back pain. Both acute (new) and chronic (repetitive or constant) lower back pain is effectively addressed in the following way:

  • Specific and gentle chiropractic adjustments to provide fast and effective pain relief.
  • Instruction for home care
  • Massage therapy can be prescribed to loosen the tight and tender muscles.
  • Cold laser therapy can be used to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Natural herbal and nutritional supplements assist in reducing both pain and inflammation.
  • Physician assisted stretching, physical medicine and eventually resistance and balance type exercises round out our multifaceted approach to lower back a pain treatment.

Thousands of satisfied patients in the Seattle area have benefited from this combination of conservative care for their lower back pain. You can too!

Interesting Facts about Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain affects 80% of the adult population at some point in their lives and accounts for more work loss and disability in the United States than any other single ailment. Lower back pain is the second leading reason a person will see a doctor in this country behind visits for the common cold. These statistics are very disturbing and represent a health problem that has infiltrated our society. Chronic lower back has reached epidemic proportions because of poor patient education and lack of proper diagnosis and treatment of this disabling condition. The wait and watch approach recommended by many medical doctors leads to long term problems that are more difficult to treat. A combination of early passive and active physical care has been shown to be most effective treatment for lower back pain.

Long Term Consequences of Bad Mechanics

Degenerative Disc and Joint Disease

Early studies downplayed any long term consequence of episodic lower back pain. Treatment for acute lower back pain consisted of prescription pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxers. While medications may relieve the pain temporarily, the pain usually comes back and worsens as time goes by. DDD Degenerative Disc DiseasePhysical therapy is usually the second recommendation in the treatment of episodic lower back pain. Unfortunately, physical therapy alone is often ineffective and the general home exercises recommended don’t solve the problem. Patients become frustrated and eventually give up. Over time, the lower back just simply wears out. Often an MRI is ordered and surgeries are recommended. With this historical treatment approach it’s no wonder low back pain accounts for the highest rate of disability and work loss in our country.

Recent studies dispute the idea that episodic back pain is self limiting and without long term consequence. It is now recognized that those who have even one episode of lower back pain are at high risk for future episodes. Current studies have concluded that chiropractic care is the most effective primary treatment approach for both acute and chronic low back pain. The studies suggest that chiropractic care is also helpful in preventing future episodes of pain. The studies support exercise programs that are tailored to each individual patient’s needs.

Unfortunately, current studies are also suggesting that the advancements in medical care for lower back pain may not be in the best interest of patient outcomes.

Low back surgery

Deyo et. al. (April 7, 2010) Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that “It is unclear why more complex operations are increasing. It seems implausible that the number of patients with the most complex spinal pathology increased 15-fold in just 6 years. surgeryThe introduction and marketing of new surgical devices and the influence of key opinion leaders may stimulate more invasive surgery, even in the absence of new indications…financial incentives to hospitals and surgeons for more complex procedures may play a role…” There is a significant difference in mean hospital costs for simple decompression versus complex surgical fusion. The cost of surgical decompression is $23,724 compared to an average of $80,888 for complex fusion. [11]

It should be noted that the average cost of non-surgical decompression as done at our center is about $2,000.00 providing an overall savings of about $21,000.00 when compared to surgery. Is it as effective? You bet it is! DRX9000