Did you know your back pain could be associated with sitting for long periods of time at work? Sitting for long periods of time could be the source of your problems.
One of the most effective ways to treat lower back pain is through chiropractic care. A Chiropractor uses manipulation of the spine and other methods to help the body heal. These chiropractic methods are based on the fact that the body’s musculoskeletal system will eventually heal itself through proper alignment even without surgery or medications. Chiropractic care helps to restore the movement of the joints which allows the body to heal from joint tissue injury brought about by trauma or repetitive stress, falls, and postural defects. Chiropractors are often used by many patients to relieve pain in the joints, muscles, bones and connective tissues.
In multiple studies chiropractic care has been shown to be more cost effective when compared to traditional medical care, and has shown to be just as effective or more effective in treating back and neck pain as well as headaches. There are numerous case studies that show chiropractic’s effectiveness in helping with a variety of other health problems. Our patients report being in upwards of 3x more satisfied with their care then those who visited a traditional medical practitioner. Among all healthcare professions, Chiropractic is one of the safest and least evasive. Today’s chiropractors are more scientific than ever, and is even moving in the direction of specialization. You can find Chiropractic Neurologists, Chiropractic Orthopedics, Sports Chiropractic Specialists, Chiropractic Pediatrics, and more.
So how does a chiropractor treat lower back pain?
- First a complete medical history is obtained, after which a through physical examination is done. The chiropractor may then request additional lab tests to prove his or her diagnosis.
- Next the chiropractor will then explain to you his or her plan of treatment. Treatment may often involve one or more manual adjustments. In this process, the chiropractic doctor manipulations the joints using a sudden yet controlled force so that the joints will be able to restore their range of motion with less discomfort and limitation. This manipulation of the joint often referred to as an adjustment.
Lower back pain is a very disturbing symptom. Almost all of us experience it once in a while. Lower back pain needs should not be ignored because it often interferes with sleep, work, recreation and other daily activities. No wonder most Americans spend about $50 billion per year in treating low back pain, according to the National Institute of Health. Chiropractic care is also lower in total costs compared to conventional medical care for low back pain. A study by Liliedahl et al determined if there were differences in the cost of lower back pain care when a patient is able to choose a course of treatment with a medical doctor (MD) versus a doctor of chiropractic (DC). The results showed that costs for chiropractic care were almost 40% less than conventional medical care. Even after risk adjusting each patient’s costs, chiropractic care was 20% less expensive than typical medical care the study found.
Chiropractic care is usually performed by a licensed chiropractor, who has undergone an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic education. Chiropractors usually attach the initials D.C. after their names.
Since, visiting a chiropractor can be a little frightening. Some people being treated with spinal adjustment could hear a cracking or popping sound during the procedure. That’s perfectly normal and is being done so that the body will be able to restore itself to function fully. After all treating back pain by cracking your spine doesn’t seem natural but anyone who has suffered back pain knows, more pain is the last thing in the world you want. Those initial fears occur because of lack of knowledge and understanding behind chiropractic medicine. The first time you visit or chiropractor, you’ll be x-rayed and examined to assess your current condition physical condition. Only then it’s possible to discuss the probable causes of your back pain with our chiropractor. Then after deciding upon a course of treatment, the chiropractor will describe what they are going to do and how often the treatments should last. Most treatments are spread out over several weeks or even months to ensure that the muscles, ligaments, and tendons are now able to maintain their correct positioning.
Recent Studies Involving Chiropractors
The question then is chiropractic care really effective in treating your lower back pain? There are quite a number of studies which have proved that chiropractic care could effectively treat low back pain.
A Cochrane review done by Walker determined the effects of combined chiropractic interventions on pain, disability, back-related function, overall improvement, and patient satisfaction in adults with lower back pain (LBP). This review examined 12 studies utilizing 2887 subjects with lower back pain. Their study revealed that combined chiropractic interventions slightly improved pain and disability in the short term and pain in the medium term for acute or sub-acute lower back pain.
In a study by Hoisiis et al, chiropractic adjustments were compared to muscle relaxants for sub-acute low back pain. Their findings revealed that chiropractic care was more beneficial than placebo in reducing pain and more beneficial than either placebo or muscle relaxants in reducing pain.
Chiropractic care effectively reduced levels of disability and perceived pain in chronic lower back pain patients . In post-surgical patients, chiropractic care could effectively improve lower back pain.
Not everyone is suitable for chiropractic care, however, so you should talk to our chiropractor in Phoenix to see if treatment for your back pain is worth it.