According to statistics, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Chronic back pain can result in poor sleep, loss of work, a compromised lifestyle and depression. Many of these problems can be avoided, however, with early Chiropractic intervention.
Back pain can be the result of many things. For some, it is brought on by a sudden factor, such as a car accident, an on-the-job injury or a slip and fall. For these people, the resulting pain is often immediate and debilitating. For others, back pain is a more gradual process. It can come from a repetitive motion, such as picking up and carrying young children. In cold weather climates, snow shoveling can cause trouble. Many women experience back pain during pregnancy, due to the spine compensating for the extra weight she is carrying in the front of her body. Over time, arthritis and scoliosis can cause changes to the spine that often result in back pain.
No matter what causes your back pain, proper treatment can make the difference between a quick recovery and a long-term problem. In the case of sudden injury, many people will seek care at a hospital emergency room or an urgent care center. Most of these people will be given pain killers and sent home with a recommendation to follow up with their regular doctor. People with gradual onset back pain will often turn to over-the-counter drugs or a heating pad for relief. Unfortunately, these approaches often cause more problems. In extreme cases, untreated back pain can result in spinal surgery.
Medication will temporarily take away back pain, causing some people to believe that they have been cured. They return to their normal activities too soon, causing even more injury. Heat can be temporarily soothing, but it can also increase swelling in areas that are already inflamed, interfering with the spine’s ability to resume normal function. Surgery should always be a last resort. The chiropractic approach is much different.
The top chiropractor begins with a thorough history to determine how your lifestyle may be affecting your back. Next, he will do a complete exam, along with an sEMG scan and state-of-the-art digital x-rays to find the actual cause of your problem. Then, using a series of specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments to your vertebrae, he will help your spine regain normal motion and relieving the pressure on the nerve roots.
There are many ways of adjusting and chiropractor regularly uses different techniques, depending on many different factors, including a patient’s age and the severity of their problem. He will also counsel you on exercise and lifestyle changes to help you get optimal results. Most patients who receive chiropractic care are so happy with the changes in their overall health that they choose to continue with wellness care after their initial problem has been resolved.