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Lower Back Pain treatment in Chicago

Although the doctors of chiropractic at Advanced Spine & Sports Care do more than just low back pain treatment, our Chicago patients initially visit our office looking for relief from varying degrees of discomfort.  Often we are asked, "Can Chiropractic Help Me?".  In 9 out of 10 cases, we can treat the patient conservatively, even if surgery has been suggested as the only option.   In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1

A few interesting facts about back pain:

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  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.1
  • Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.2
  • Chiropractic treatment is cost effective. Care initiated by a medical doctor for low back pain is often 20% more expensive than that initiated by a doctor of chiropractic.3
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain — and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.4


There are many causes of low back pain.  Often there are physical, chemical and emotional components to all disease processes and low back pain is no exception. Chiroproactors often focus on the physical component, which in and of itself it can be very complex.  At Advanced Spine & Sports Care we focus on your problem from all angles. Our multifaceted approach gets patients well and prevents and educates patients to prevent future chronic episodes.  The lumbar spine (low back) is a complicated structure of tissues, bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a piece of paper, sleeping in a bad position— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss. 

Manipulation as a Treatment for Back Problems:

Spinal manipulation has been around since the early days of medicine and based on solid scientific evidence that all organs and tissues in your body are controlled by the brain.  The brain communicates to these organs and tissues via the spinal cord and spinal nerves.  If these nerves are pinched or impacted in any way that decreases this communication disease and pain ensue. 

With today's growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, spinal manipulation is receiving more widespread attention.

Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain (decreasing the need for medication in some cases), rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.In fact, after an extensive study of all available care for low back problems, the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.A well respected review of the evidence in the Annals of Internal Medicine pointed to chiropractic care as one of the major nonpharmacologic therapies considered effective for acute and chronic low back pain.More recently, research has shown that there is strong evidence that spinal manipulation for back pain is just as effective as a combination of medical care and exercise, and moderate evidence that it is just as effective as prescription NSAIDS combined with exercise.A patient information article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 also suggested chiropractic care as an option for people suffering from low back pain--and noted that surgery is usually not needed and should only be tried if other therapies fail.9

Tips to Prevent Low Back Pain:

·         Maintain a healthy diet.  We practice 80/20 rule!  We are not going to take away your coffee or favorite dessert.

·         Exercise regularly.

·         Avoid prolonged sitting

·         Warm up BEFORE exercising or physical activities. This warm up should complement the activity you are taking part in. 

·         Maintain proper posture.

·         Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.

·         Sleep on a firm mattress with proper support of your spine.

·         Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.

·         DO NOT SMOKE.

·         Stretch AFTER physical activity.  Stretching prior to physical activity is counterproductive, in that most exercise requires muscles to contract, while stretching increases length of muscle bellies resulting in injury.


1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.

2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.

3.Liliedahl et al, Jpurnal of Manipulative and Physiological Theraputics, 2010.

4. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD.

5. Time to recognize value of chiropractic care? Science and patient satisfaction surveys cite usefulness of spinal manipulation. Orthopedics Today 2003 Feb; 23(2):14-15.

6. Bigos S, Bowyer O, Braen G, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults. Clinical Practice Guideline No.14. AHCPR Publication No. 95-0642. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December, 1994.

7. Chou R, Hoyt Huffman LH. Nonpharmacologic therapies for acute and chronic low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline. Ann of Internal Med 2 Oct2007;147(7):492-504.

8. Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, et al. Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with spinal manipulation and mobilization. Spine. 2008;8(1)213-225.

9. Goodman D, Burke A, Livingston E. Low Back Pain. JAMA. 2013; 309(16):1738.

10. American Chiropractic Association, acatoday.com.