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Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Many people in the United States suffer from back pain. Among those, most prefer chiropractic treatment over other alternatives. Each year, chiropractors are visited by nearly 22 million people in United States alone. Of these, 35 percent or 7.7 million, visit the chiropractor to get relief from back pain resulting from different causes like accidents, muscle strains and sports injuries. Pain in the arms, legs, neck and headache are also reasons for visit to a chiropractor.

Understanding Chiropractic Treatment

In the chiropractic treatment, a chiropractor performs spinal manipulation and alternative treatments using their hands. The theory is that if the musculoskeletal structure of the body, especially the spine, is properly aligned, the body will be able to heal on its own without medication or surgery. The purpose of manipulation is to restore the joints’ mobility that may be restricted by an injury of the tissues caused by traumatic events like falling or an accident.

The primary purpose of the chiropractic treatment is to relieve the pain in joints, bones, muscles and connective tissues like tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Sometimes, other medical treatments are combined with chiropractic treatment for better results.

Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain

First a detailed medical history is taken by a chiropractor and they perform a patient’s physical examination. They may also order diagnostic imaging or lab tests to determine whether chiropractic treatment would be appropriate for the back pain of the patient.

In the treatment, one manual adjustment or more may be involved in which the chiropractor would manipulate the joints with a sudden and controlled force for improving the quality and range of motion. Exercise and nutritional counseling may also be incorporated into the plan of treatment. The treatment goals include restoring the function, injury prevention and relief from back pain.

Risks and Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care and spinal manipulation is generally considered safe and effective for acute back pain -- pain that doesn’t last for more than 6 weeks and usually gets better without treatment.
Research has shown that chiropractic treatment is also viable for treating headache and neck pain. In addition, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis may respond well to the pressure used by chiropractors.

Studies haven’t yet confirmed prolotherapy’s effectiveness for treating chronic back pain – the pain that last for more than 3 months. This therapy involves use of injections like anesthetic or sugar water to strengthen the ligaments in a person’s back.

Chiropractic treatment is based on the right diagnosis of the back. The medical history of the patient including their ongoing illnesses, current medication, and surgical history should be known to the chiropractor. In rare cases, there have been reports in which chiropractic treatment worsened a slipped or herniated disk or spinal injury resulted from neck manipulation. At Advanced Neurosurgery, we’ll examine your case and determine the treatment that would be most effective and safe for you.

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