Those suffering from back problems, especially those getting on in age
should be especially aware of underlying, serious health conditions. It’s important and potentially life saving to have yourself professionally
evaluated by a licensed chiropractor or other qualified health
professional when back pain arises. Proper evaluation is important not
only to receive proper treatment for your back problems, but also, to
rule out even more serious and sometimes life threatening conditions.
In a recently published case report, researchers discuss a patient who
presented to a doctor of chiropractic’s office presenting with the
primary symptom of back pain. Upon chiropractic examination and
radiographic studies, the patient was found to be suffering from the
symptoms of an aortic aneurysm – not your standard, musculoskeletal
cause of back pain. The patient was immediately referred for immediate
medical intervention. Cases like this, while uncommon, do occur.
Chiropractors are primary health care providers. This means when
life-threatening conditions are present, chiropractors are highly
skilled and trained at identifying these conditions and making the
appropriate referral, when necessary.
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006; 29(5): 354-362.