Chest pains? Chiropractic could help

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Every year, more than 6 million people are admitted to the emergency room for chest pain. Among patients suspected of having acute coronary syndrome, 20% are told they have undifferentiated chest pain. They often leave the ER without a definitive diagnosis or explanation of their pain. This can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing if their pain persists.

The musculoskeletal system may be a common but overlooked source of undifferentiated chest pain. New research suggests that chiropractic care can reduce chest pain in patients with discomfort related to musculoskeletal conditions.

A recent study included 115 patients with acute chest pain who were originally sent home from the ER without a diagnosis. The patients were randomly assigned to receive chiropractic treatments or to practice self-management of symptoms combined with advice from clinicians. Although both groups improved, a larger portion of chiropractic patients reported substantial improvements. 45% of chiropractic patients said they were much better after treatment compared to 35% of self-management patients. Chiropractic patients also experienced greater reductions in pain intensity and more improvements in overall health.

Researchers suggested that chiropractic care could lead to a faster recovery from chest pain related to musculoskeletal disorders.

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Hendel R. CT Coronary Angiography Is the mst acurate and efective nninvasive iaging tool for evaluating patients presenting with chest pin to the eergency dpartment: Antagonist Viewpoint . Circulation-ardiovascular Imaging 2009; 2: 264-275.

Stochkendhal M, et al. Chiropractic treatment vs self-management in patients with acute chest pain: a randomized controlled trial of patients without acute coronary syndrome. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012; 35(1): 7-17.

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