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Chronic Low Back Pain: An Economic Burden and Medical Challenge. Is There a Solution?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:33pm

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

Axiom_marketing_dvd_107 Here is an excerpt from a special report in Anesthesiology News entitled; Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression To Treat Chronic Low Back Pain:

In the United States, Low Back Pain (LBP) is the second most common reason for a visit to a physician, the fifth most common cause of admission to a hospital, and the third most common indication for surgery. A minority of patients with back pain account for the majority of health care costs related to back pain, indicating that the potential cost of treating all patients with back pain is much higher than the actual cost.

I know low back pain is one of the primary conditions we treat at our San Francisco Back and Wrist Pain Center. Most cases are chronic...meaning the patient has had the problem for more than 6 months. Some of these patients are in really bad shape. Some are unable to work. Some are unable to get a good nights sleep, making life almost unbearable.

And treating chronic low back pain can be very challenging. Many patients have tried all sorts of back pain therapies, from acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy...to cortisone and pain medications.

My experience has been that most patients want to avoid surgery if possible. Some will not have surgery no matter how bad the back pain is. So what can be done? Is there a solution other than surgery?

For some chronic low back pain sufferers there is...and it's called Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression of the Lumbar Spine. The decompression machine that I use at my San Francisco Financial District Decompression Center is the DRX9000

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