"I was golfing a month ago (or at least trying to ...) and I hit the ground too hard and felt a jolt in my neck. Since then, I can't turn my head to the right, my right arm is numb, and I can't sleep through the night. I went to my family doctor and he eventually gave me a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory, and a pain pill. I can sleep better but I hate that groggy feeling I get in the morning and to be honest, the pain is about the same. Is there anything chiropractic can do for me?"
Low back pain is a very common complaint and can lead to disability. In fact, low back pain is the #1 reason for doctor visits in the United States, according to Chiro-Trust.org. More serious forms of low back pain can be accompanied by leg pain known as sciatica.
In 2008, a study published in the journal Spine sought to identify EARLY PREDICTORS in an effort to reduce the number of low back pain (LBP) patients who go on to experience long-term disability. Researchers followed 1,885 low back injury claimants for a year and then later reviewed data collected during the first three weeks following their injury to identify anything that might predict a greater risk of work-related disability one year later.