Treatment for chronic pain in West Seattle
Spinal manipulation by a Chiropractic Doctor is the most effective treatment for people in chronic pain. The nervous system is housed in the spinal column so if there is a problem in any of the spinal joints, the nerves that exit the spine in that area will not be able to function properly. This can cause pain, which gets worse over time, as well as organ dysfunction. Before beginning care, a complete evaluation will be done to get to the source of the problem.
The following is an abstract from a randomized controlled clinical trial in the Spine Journal, July 15th, 2003; 28(14):1490-1502. Lynton G. F. Giles, DC, PhD; Reinhold Muller, PhD
Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Medication, Acupuncture, and Spinal Manipulation
Objective: To compare medication, needle acupuncture, and spinal manipulation for managing chronic spinal pain (over 13 weeks duration) because the value of medicinal and popular forms of alternative care for chronic spinal pain syndromes is uncertain.
Summary of background data: Between February 1999 and October 2001, 115 patients without contraindication for the three treatment regimens were enrolled at the public hospital’s multidisciplinary spinal pain unit.
Methods: One of three separate intervention protocols was used: medication, needle acupuncture, or chiropractic spinal manipulation.
Treatment: Drugs (Celebrex or Vioxx) Acupuncture Chiropractic
Years of spinal pain:
4.5 or 6.4 4.5 or 6.4 8.3
Asymptomatic within 9 weeks:
5% 9.4% 27.3%
% that suffered an adverse event:
6.1% 0% 0%
% Improvement in general:
18% 15% 47%