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Back Pain

Patients have traditionally come to their chiropractor because of back pain. Patients who have back pain want a clear, consistent and personalised explanation of their condition, their treatment options, and how they can best help themselves [1]. We believe that here at Abingdon Chiropractic Clinic, we give our patients exactly that.

Chiropractic treatment for back pain first gained scientific recognition with the publication of the MRC trial, comparing chiropractic treatment with hospital treatment for the management of low back pain [2]. Andrew was one of the chiropractors involved in the
treatment of patients in this study, when he was working as a newly qualified chiropractor in Liverpool in the 1980s.

Chiropractic treatment is recommended in a number of national guidelines [3] as a treatment for patients with back pain.

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The approach that we use is a manual therapy approach. We examine our patients using our hands, seeking to find areas of the spine that are not working optimally. We then seek to improve spinal function with a combination, often, of spinal manipulation, massage techniques, and rehabilitative exercises. Sometimes we will use acupuncture and sports taping techniques [4].

How long will it take to get better? Most episodes of back pain and disability resolve within a couple of weeks [5], but back pain can come and go [6]. Our aim is to identify why you have back pain and help you to resolve the cause.

Some patients have conditions that resolve completely. Others have on-going issues due to wear and tear, or occupational hazards. Some of these patients may choose to come back to the chiropractor periodically.

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