Low Back Pain (LBP) is one of the leading causes of disability and is a costly problem facing the world. The World Health Organization has classified LBP as a "major disabliing condition."
The older the body becomes, the greater LBP can have an affect. Advancing age correlates with poor treatment outcomes. One study found that baby boomers account for 51% (over 10 billion) of the cost associated with chronic LBP.
A recent study scoured sources for studies of patients over 55 with chronic LBP - defined as having LBP for more than 3 months) - that used some kind of manual therapy. They also looked for studies that measured pain and disability, and were randomized controlled trials.
The four studies that met this criteria did show that manual therapy can improve the pain level and ability to function with very few adverse side effects compared to Surgery.
Chiropractic care should be considered as an effective way to deal with chronic LBP - especially for the aging body when surgery can have such debilitating effects on the quality of life of those over 55.