Do you suffer from lower back pain?
According to a report titled Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment, as many as 80% of the general population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. What’s even more alarming is that the estimated cost of treatment is $50 billion per year. You can save money, however, by seeking chiropractic services for your lower back pain.
Chiropractic vs Medical Treatment Cost for Lower Back Pain
Opting for chiropractic treatment as opposed to medical treatment can save you money. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), citing a Blue Cross Blue Shield study involving more than 85,000 insured patients, chiropractic treatment for lower back pain saved approximately 40% on healthcare costs when compared to traditional medical treatment. Researchers from the BCBS study went on to say that allowing doctor of chiropractic care for the treatment of lower back pain would have resulted in an average cost savings of $2.3 million annually for Tennessee BCBS.
How Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain Can Save You Money
Unfortunately, the vast majority of doctors today are stuck in the mindset of writing prescriptions to treat the symptoms of lower back pain instead of the underlying cause. It’s in their best interest to do so, as they typically receive a commission or other incentive for selling drugs. Prescription painkillers may offer some initial relief of lower back pain, but it’s usually short-lived. As your body builds a tolerance to the drug, you’ll need to continue “upping” your dose.
Rather than masking the pain with prescription drugs, you should seek the services of a licenses chiropractor. Unlike general care physicians/doctors, chiropractors seek to eliminate the cause of your lower back pain. They will first conduct a thorough examination while covering over your history to better diagnose your condition. Next, they will offer recommendations on how to treat the root cause of your back pain. A series of spinal adjustment and/or spinal decompression sessions might be the solution to finally get rid of your lower back pain once and fall. Of course, clients will typically pay less for chiropractic services such as these when compared to prescription drugs that must be refilled once every month.
Get Back to Work
Lower back pain constantly ranks as one of the leading causes of missed work. It’s often difficult for people who struggle with severe back pain to even get out of bed, let alone work. And even if you can work, you probably shouldn’t, as this may increase your risk of sustaining a more serious injury. Once the pain has been eliminated, you can tackle those workdays head-on.