For back pain, chiropractic care was ranked as the number one treatment of the most common condition for which people seek medical advice: back pain. Chiropractic care even ranked ahead of physical therapy and acupuncture, both of which Integrated Physical Medicine in Evansville, IN offers. Chiropractic was shown as the most widely proven, safest and effective of all interventions.
See a summary of the report here: Consumer Reports – “The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief”
I think one of the best pieces of advice from the article was regarding back surgery. They (correctly) reported that back surgery was used too frequently in years past and should now be reserved for patients with significant neurological deficits (e.g., muscle weakness, bowel/bladder/erectile dysfunction, loss of reflexes) and even among those patients, a course of chiropractic care should be tried first. Some hospital systems are requiring a referral to a chiropractor before surgery!
Ultimately, prevention is the best way to go. Make sure you are using good posture and that your workstation is set up correctly.
[note: For those readers seeking a chiropractor in an area other than Evansville, IN, we have some tips to help you find a quality chiropractor in your area: Finding A “Good” Chiropractor”. If you ARE looking for a chiropractor in Evansville to help you with your back pain — whether it is caused by a degenerative disc, a herniated disc or anything else, I hope you will consider working with us!]