The State of Oregon’s low back pain guidelines now reccomend Spinal Manipulation (Chiropractic) as the ONLY non-drug treatment for lower back pain. These guidelines have been adopted by the Oregon Health Authority, an effort involving OHSU. Previously, if an MRI showed nerve root compression, the patient ended up in a surgical or other invasive procedure “dead end” – now, the guideline says “GO CHIROPRACTIC”.
Surgery can now be a “last resort” rather than the only way. Think “Complementary Alternative Medicine”. Chiropractic both reduces pain and restores function, while pain medications alone do not restore function.
This applies for Everyday Pain, injuries at home, Work Injuries (workers comp) or Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries.
Reference: State of Oregon Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for the Evaluation and management of Low Back Pain.