Facts About Low Back Pain


  • Over eighty percent of people have suffered or will suffer from back pain
  • Low back pain is the second most common reason for hospitalizations
  • Over fifty percent of all adults experience back pain yearly
  • For 10 percent of low back pain sufferers the pain becomes chronic
  • Once third of all adult Americans have had low back pain within the last 30 days
  • Low back Pain is the 8th leading cause for visits to physicians
  • Low back pain is the #1 reason for visits to chiropractors, orthopedists, and neurologists

Treatment Of Low Back Pain

The three most common treatments of low back pain are chiropractic adjustments/treatments, physical therapy, and back surgery. Physical therapy aims at strengthening the muscles of the lumbar spine (through specific exercises) and increasing ranges of motion via stretching the lumbar spine musculature. With regards to surgery, there are various procedures such as laminectomies, fusion, discectomy, kyphoplasty, etc. The problem with back surgeries is that most of them fail and most of the time they are unnecessary. Chiropractic treatment, is the only treatment that aims to correct the actual cause of pain. Chiropractors perform chiropractic adjustments in order to restore the proper juxtaposition of the vertebrae and to remove pressure from the nerve. Dr. Gary Eshanov is highly skilled in providing patients with back pain treatments at his chiropractic center in Montclair. Call (973) 900-2660 or schedule an appointment online!

Back Surgery Statistics

Research suggests that of the 500,000-plus disc surgeries that are performed annually, over 90% are unnecessary and unsuccessful. The U.S. Public Health Care Policy & Research: Patient Guide states “Surgery has been found to be helpful in only 1 in 100 cases of low back pain problems. In some people, surgery can even cause more problems.” Dr. Richard Deyo, MD, a professor at Oregon Health and Science University, notes “It seems implausible that the number of patients with the most complex spinal pathology has increased 15-fold in just six years” and mentions one strong motivation includes “financial incentives involving both surgeons and hospitals.” spine-240x300A study done by Dr. Deyo in 1994 compared international rates of back surgeries and discovered that the rate of American surgery is unusually excessive and directly attributed to the supply of spine surgeons: “The rate of back surgery in the United States was at least 40% higher than any other country and was more than five times those in England and Scotland. Back surgery rates increased almost linearly with the per-capita supply of orthopedic and neurosurgeons.” Dr. Gordon Waddell, MD, director of an orthopedic surgical clinic for over 20 years in Glasgow, Scotland has said that back surgery “has been accused of leaving more tragic human wreckage in this wake than any other operation in history.” He goes on to say that “Medical care certainly has not solved the everyday symptom of low back pain and even may be reinforcing and exacerbating the problem.”

The best solution to dealing with back pain is chiropractic care. According to the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”
So, What causes Low Back Pain? According to Dr. William Lauerman, MD, (chief of spine surgery and professor of orthopedic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital) “I’m an orthopedic spine surgeon, so I treat all sorts of back problems, and I’m a big believer in chiropractic.”

So, What Causes Low Back Pain?

There are many factors that may cause low back pain such as subluxations (vertebral misalignments causing pressure on a nerve and/or a disc and interrupting normal nerve function), sprained ligaments, strained muscles, disc bulges, disc herniation’s, sequestered or ruptured discs, myofascial trigger points, inflammation of the muscles and/or joints, arthritis, poor posture, trauma (either acute or from repetitive stress), and many more. Often people leave the back untreated hoping the pain will go away, and it often does temporarily only to return and become chronic.

Low Back Pain Treatment & Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain consists of first examining the spine via orthopedic tests, palpation, range of motion evaluation, and radiological tests or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The aim is to find the actual cause of pain and then to correct it. Chiropractic treatment involves a gentle, non-invasive procedure called an “adjustment” and is specifically performed to the area where the vertebral complex is misaligned and malfunctioning.

Montclair chiropractor, Dr. Gary Eshanov, has many years of experience treating low back pain and other various types of conditions. We encourage you to read our testimonials and to see why Dr. Eshanov is among the best of Montclair chiropractors.

Contact us to set up a chiroproctic consultation with Dr. Eshanov.