Treating Back Pain Should Include A Chiropractor
You might be surprised to know that nearly 80 percent of the population deals with back pain some time during their life. It is not always clear what the physical cause of the pain is. X-rays or CT scans can show that there are no spinal abnormalities, yet a person can be in excruciating pain. If you have acute back pain or suffer from chronic back pain a chiropractor may be able to help you.
A chiropractor will use manipulation techniques to adjust the spine. Even when you have lower back pain, it generally is related to your entire spine. Your chiropractor will design a treatment plan that is specific to what your needs are. He/she will examine your spine and do a full consultation before determining the type of manipulation you require.
Usually your chiropractic adjustment will include both forceful and gentler spinal adjustment techniques. Spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization are two techniques that are commonly used.
• Spinal Manipulation – This is the most common technique used by chiropractors. It involves traditional spinal manipulation with high velocity and low amplitude. You will often hear a ‘pop’ when a controlled force to the joint is administered by the chiropractor.
• Spinal Mobilization – Some conditions like osteoporosis respond well to this treatment. Patient comfort, preference and size may all dictate this treatment method is used. Some patients prefer this more mild spinal mobilization technique.
Often treatment is followed with the application of ice or heat. Your chiropractor may use other therapies along with spinal manipulation, which we will look at.
The lower back is designed to flex, rotate and extend, but most of us tend to sit immobile long periods of time. This is also why your physical therapist might prescribe walking or other gentle exercises that stretch the core. Your physical therapist will create a program designed to strengthen the back. This might include the use of the ultrasound, TENS, and other similar treatments.
You may be surprised to learn that stress is a source of low back pain. This is not to diminish the pain and say it is not real. The pain is very real but the stress gets buried deep in the muscles, which become tense and are deprived of oxygen leading to back pain. By reducing or eliminating stress, you can actually help your back pain.
Surgery is a treatment that is sometimes necessary but often used as a last resort. If you have disk degeneration, curvature of the spine, or other back conditions that either cannot be treated another way or that are no responding, back surgery may be your only option. In 99 percent of the cases, surgery is not necessary and should always be considered as a last resort.
The research that has been conducted is very positive relating to chiropractic treatment and other non aggressive treatments in the easing of back pain. The key is to get moving as soon as possible after the pain strikes. It’s a good idea to focus on getting well again and moving forward without a backache.