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A Chiropractor Will Trust You About Your Chronic Pain

Other Doctors May Not Believe You, but a Chiropractor Knows the Truth About Chronic Pain

Millions of people in the United States live with chronic pain, especially low back pain. Some medical doctors seem like they don’t believe your pain is as bad as you say, and belittle your experiences. As a chiropractor, I take my patients’ pain very seriously, because I know the facts about chronic pain don’t lie.

What Is Chronic Pain?

According to the American Chronic Pain Association:

Photo of an elderly patient holding his hand to his head as a doctor takes notes.

“Chronic pain can be described as ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being. A simpler definition for chronic or persistent pain is pain that continues when it should not. (IASP 2004)”

According to the National Institutes of Health:

“Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back injury, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes including depression, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.”

The chronic pain patients I see may have one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Difficulty sleeping, which causes fatigue and daytime drowsiness.
  • Difficulty at work–it may be hard to perform your daily tasks at work such as lifting, pushing, pulling, bending over, prolonged sitting, etc.
  • Chronic lower back pain may even make it impossible to work, leading to disability.
  • Chronic pain patients’ relationships can be strained, such as a spouse who does not understand your condition
  • Social life suffers – not many people want to go to the movies or go out to dinner if they cannot sit, go to a party if they can’t stand and by the end of the day after you have been fighting the pain all day most people just don’t want to be social
  • Chronic pain patients have difficulty working around the house, both inside

Chronic Pain Stats

Read through these chronic pain statistics provided by paindoctor.com:

Chronic pain statistics in the U.S.

  • Pain affects more people in the U.S. than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined
  • 126 million, or 55% of all adults, experienced pain in the previous three months
  • 4 million U.S. adults report “a lot of pain”
  • 3 million U.S. adults suffer from daily pain
  • Various reports list that over 50 million, but up to 100 million, U.S. adults have chronic pain conditions, an estimate that does not include acute pain conditions or children in pain
  • More than one-quarter of adults (26%) age 20 years and over – or, an estimated 76.5 million people – report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration
  • Of those in pain, 27% suffer from lower back pain, 15% from severe headache or migraine pain, and 15% from neck pain

Economic statistics on pain

Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually, an amount equal to about $2,000.00 for everyone living in the U.S.

  • People in the U.S. spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain treatment
  • Pain is associated with a wide range of injury and disease, and is sometimes the disease itself
  • Some conditions may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or may be conditions in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as neuropathic pains or headaches
  • The total annual incremental cost of health care due to pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion (in 2010 dollars) in the United States, which combines the medical costs of pain care and the economic costs related to disability days and lost wages and productivity
  • There are currently over 4,000 U.S. doctors in practice for the management of pain

Back pain statistics

  • Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in the world
  • 80% of U.S. adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives
  • Up to 6 million patients suffer from chronic back pain
  • Adults with lower back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain
  • 28% of adults with lower back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have lower back pain
  • Also, adults reporting lower back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health
  • Back pain patients are more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without lower back pain
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the second-leading cause for doctor’s visits”

A Chiropractor Takes Your Pain Seriously

Is pain affecting your life or the life of a loved one? If you read this far it is likely that you or someone close to you is suffering when they may not have to—a chiropractor can help you diagnose and treat the root cause of your pain.

Photo of a man holding his back in pain as a chiropractor and nurse consult with him.

I’ll tell you how chronic pain was effecting “Jane.” Her low back pain goes back 28 years! If that’s not bad enough, her chemo-induced neuropathy goes back 25 years! Jane was having a hard time walking, her balance was getting worse, and she was a fall risk. It was difficult to sleep which made getting through her days a struggle at times.

At the consultation, I could see the fear in her eyes. “Do I have to live like this forever?”

Her exam findings were cause for concern, but I thought we could help her.

I told Jane this and she was skeptical. She was hesitant, and yet she looked me square in the eyes and said, “I’m trusting you.”

As a chiropractor, I do not take that trust lightly. To me every patient’s case is serious, because we know virtually every case can become chronic. As a matter of fact, whether patients realize it or not, our long-term goal is always to keep the patient out of chronic pain!

After a few weeks, Jane is walking better, her sleep is much improved, she feels more steady on her feet, and she’s less of a fall risk. Jane’s quality of life is much improved from her time with a chiropractor, and that’s what it’s all about—improving the quality of people’s life, allowing them to live THEIR lifestyle, not a lifestyle dominated by pain.

An experienced chiropractor can be very helpful in reducing chronic pain and improving the quality of your life. At the Algonquin Chiropractic Center, I’ve been serving the community as a top chiropractor in Algonquin, IL since 1997. If you’re searching for a chiropractor to treat your pain, give us a call (847) 854-2000 and schedule a consultation today!

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Medical Journals Finally Say Chiropractic Helps Lower Back Pain

The Medical Establishment Finally Admits Chiropractic Improves Patients’ Lower Back Pain and More!

There have been dozens of studies over the last 20+ years showing how effective chiropractic care is for the treatment of neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, sciatica and more. Chiropractic care is not only more effective, meaning it gives people faster, longer-lasting relief from their pain, but also more cost effective. That means it costs you less money to get well.Photo of a doctor with a clipboard and stethoscope doing research on a laptop.

These studies for the most part have fallen on deaf ears, meaning the medical establishment as well as the press would ignore these studies. They even offer rebuttals saying “more research is needed,” “see your medical doctor first,” or even that the study must have been somehow flawed.

After the research piles up, sooner or later you cannot ignore it anymore.

Who Are the Major Players in this Research?

The American College of Physicians is a large group of medical doctors. From their website: “ACP is a national organization of internists, the largest medical-specialty organization, and second-largest physician group in the United States. Our 148,000 members include internists, internal medicine subspecialists, medical students, residents, and fellows.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is the journal published by the American Medical Association (who have a history of being anti-chiro). According to their website: “JAMA, which began publication in 1883, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal. Key objective is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.” They really exist to promote the betterment of medical doctors but that is a topic for another time!

Psychology Today is a popular psychology publication. According to their site: “Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody’s favorite subject: Ourselves. On this site, we have gathered a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick. We’re a live stream of what’s happening in ‘psychology today’.”

When you read the articles below, you will read “spinal manipulation” or “SMT.” In the United States, 94% of spinal manipulation is provided by chiropractic physicians. Another way mainstream medicine avoids coming out and saying “chiropractic.” Substitute “chiropractor or chiropractic” wherever you read spinal manipulation.

American College of Physicians Issues Guidelines for Lower Back Pain Treatment

The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a new lower back pain treatment guideline. It recommends first using non-invasive, non-drug treatments, including spinal manipulation, before resorting to drug therapies. The guideline was published Feb. 14, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

On May 1, 2017, the New York Times published an editorial by Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., that mentions the new guideline in a generally positive light. The article is generally positive and appeared in a major, mainstream publication read by millions of people. “Spinal manipulation—along with other less traditional therapies like heat, meditation and acupuncture—seems to be as effective as many other more medical therapies we prescribe, and as safe, if not safer,” he wrote.

Talking points on new ACP guideline:

  • The chiropractic profession has advocated for decades that conservative care choices such as chiropractic be the first line of treatment for lower back pain. Now, with this new guideline, the medical profession is recognizing the benefits of conservative care for this huge, worldwide problem.
  • Thanks to this guideline, it’s possible more everyday medical doctors will choose to refer their patients with lower back pain to chiropractors.

Article and Editorial on Spinal Manipulation Published in JAMA

The April 11, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) featured the article “Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain.”

This systematic review and meta-analysis found that of the 26 eligible RCTs (Randomized Controlled Trials) identified, 15 RCTs (1,711 patients) provided moderate-quality evidence that SMT (chiropractic) has a statistically significant association with improvements in pain. Twelve RCTs (1,381 patients) produced moderate-quality evidence that SMT has a statistically significant association with improvements in function. One of the RCT’s included in this analysis, which was called “Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study,” was led by investigators at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research.

Interestingly, an editorial by Richard A. Deyo, M.D., M.P.H., titled “The Role of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Low Back Pain,” was published in the April 11 issue of JAMA. “If manipulation is at least as effective and as safe as conventional care, it may be an appropriate choice for some patients with uncomplicated acute low back pain,” wrote Dr. Deyo. “This is an area in which a well-informed patient’s decisions should count as much as a practitioner’s preference.”

National Public Radio story on April 11 quoted Dr. Paul Shekelle, a medical internist with the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and one of the study authors, as saying the JAMA study found patients undergoing spinal manipulation experienced a decline of one point in their pain rating. He added that the study also found spinal manipulation modestly improved function.

Article and Editorial on Spinal Manipulation Published in STAT News

An article published April 4 in STAT News, a medical journal, discussed the ACP guideline and how it’s strengthening the cause of non-pharmaceutical pain control methods like chiropractic care and acupuncture. Another article published May 10 in STAT News covered proposed FDA recommendations that medical physicians learn more about chiropractic, acupuncture and other drug-free pain treatments as therapies to help patients avoid prescription opioids.

Article on Chiropractors Helping with Lower Back Pain Published on Psychology Today

On May 19, the Psychology Today website ran a piece about new research on chiropractors helping people with lower back pain. This article, “The Evolving Evidence on Chiropractors for Low Back Pain,” covered the ACP guideline and its recommendation for conservative care first, as well as the Annals of Internal Medicine systematic review that found evidence spinal manipulation (chiropractic) helps to reduce pain for people with chronic lower back pain (pain more than 90 days). It finished by saying, “On the whole, the evidence suggests that seeing a chiropractor can reduce pain levels and increase function for people with chronic low back pain.”

At our clinic we use spinal manipulation in addition to massage therapy, laser therapy, physical therapy, vibration therapy, and much more!

This is the most positive press chiropractic has received in a short period of time in the history of our profession. Now is the time to utilize the effective, safe services of a chiropractic physician. Give us a call at (847) 854-2000 and set up a consultation for your lower back pain in Algonquin, IL today!

You and your family deserve great health!

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My Medication is Safe, Right?

Chiropractor Can Help You Live Healthy Lifestyle

The New England Journal of Medicine claims the diabetes drug Avandia increases the heart attack rate by 43%!

British government figures recently released showed that 92 deaths have been linked to the statin drugs developed to lower cholesterol, drugs like Zocor, Lipitor and Crestor.

Dr. Galante, an Algonquin chiropractor, is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Studies show Avandia triples the death rate over placebo and also increased congestive heart failure and raised LDL (bad cholesterol.)Chiropractor Instead of Dangerous Meds by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Studies have shown statin drugs to lower cholesterol are also associated with numerous side effects including kidney and liver damage, muscle pain and weakness and loss of memory.

Read this: Andrew Clark, a cardiologist at Castle Hill hospital, was the co-author of an international study of 417 heart failure patients that showed those with highest cholesterol levels actually lived longer.

Risk factors include smoking, high LDL, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, high C-reactive protein (has yours been checked?) and stress.

What do we do at our office?

1.  Lifestyle assessment to include diet, exercise, BMI, stress and toxic burden.

2. Blood work to include all the “standard tests;” however, we also look at homocysteine, CRP, insulin, Vitamin D, thyroid, B12, Folate and iron status.

3.  Develop a personalized diet, nutrition and exercise plan to decrease patients risk for chronic disease.

Many times when people improve their diet, clean out their systems, give their bodies the nutrients it needs to function properly the weight comes off, blood pressure goes down, blood sugar comes down to healthy levels and people don’t have a need for dangerous medications.

Be Well and Do Not Stop any of your medications without talking to your doctor.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, an Algonquin chiropractor has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

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Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

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