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Athletes and Back Pain Chiropractic

Back Pain Treatment for Athletes

Pain is no joke for an athlete. Not only can it hinder your performance, it can altogether prevent you from getting out there and enjoying the sports you love. We’ve long been a proponent of a holistic approach to health and have written before about the benefits of chiropractic care as not only the most cost and time-effective method of healing injuries, but an important approach to preventing injury and improving your athleticism overall. We’d like to highlight the ins and outs of one study in particular concerning treatment options for lower back pain (lumbago) for athletes in particular.

This particular study sought to determine the most effective treatment option for athletes suffering from back pain. The researchers assessed the results of the following common treatments (strap in for a long list):

  • Application of Heat/Cold
  • Ultrasound and Laser Treatments
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation
  • Back Braces/Lumbar Support
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Steroid and non-steroid anti-inflammatory Medications
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Opioids
  • Anti-depressants
  • Injection therapy
  • Chiropractic

The results were unsurprising (to us at least!). Chiropractic spinal adjustments showed the most significant benefit and had the lowest risk of side effects. Runners up in the efficacy department was the application of external heat, skeletal muscle relaxants, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication.

We’ve long said it. The risks are low, and the benefits are high for non-invasive chiropractic care. If you’re an athlete that’s suffering from back pain, wants to prevent injury, or simply wants to maximize your performance, get in touch with a local chiropractor and feel be the best you!