If you suffered a work-related injury or condition causing lower back pain, you are likely desperate for relief. The pain can become so bad that your mobility is practically non-existent and the simplest tasks sap all your energy. At this point, you are literally open to anything that promises relief and a return to normal life.
One of the options that you might be considering is chiropractic care for lower back pain. But what do the experts say about this type of treatment?
The consensus is it might be helpful to some patients
According to a study from 2018 which was published in JAMA, pain in the lower back is the number one cause of absence from work and overall limited activity not just here in the United States but in most of the world. Its economic burden is high and affects industries, governments, communities, individuals and families.
That alone is reason enough for lower back pain sufferers to be open to giving chiropractic care a try before moving on to more invasive surgical interventions. The catch is that some people find that their conditions resolve or lessen significantly after chiropractic care — and some do not. Who does and doesn’t get relief through this type of care can be unpredictable.
Who covers the costs of your care?
If you were injured in the workplace, whether in a single disabling incident or over time from factors like repetitive stress injuries, filing a claim for workers’ compensation is necessary for your employer to cover your medical bills (including chiropractic care). Learning more about your rights and responsibilities after a workplace injury can help clarify your treatment options.