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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