HARVARD RECOMMENDS CHIROPRACTIC
The Harvard Health Letter (November 2017) recommends chiropractic use for back pain
due to disc herniation. Dr. Robert Shmerling who is a rheumatologist at Harvard's Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center says that "In most cases, you won't need a specialist" when low back pain strikes. Common causes are a sprain (ligament issue) or strain (muscle/tendon issue) or herniated (slipped) disc. Dr. Matthew Kowalski who is a chiropractor with the Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital explains that a primary care physician or chiropractor can diagnose your problem and guide its care. 35% to 42% of patients with their first episode of back pain see a chiropractor. Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation, exercise, and diet and refer to specialists as necessary for cooperative care. Bottom line: Harvard's Health Letter recommends that "for back sprains, strains, and herniated discs, a visit to your primary care physician or chiropractor may be all it takes to feel better."
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