What Chiropractic Patients Need To Know About Low Back Pain
The chiropractic profession is dedicated to treating many types of health problems, many patients seek chiropractic care to alleviate pain and other health-related symptoms. One condition that chiropractic patients seek relief from is consistent low back pain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any give time. Even though low back pain plagues many people, finding the exact cause can be a challenge. However, chiropractors are spinal specialists that are trained extremely well to not only help alleviate your pain but also find the cause of the problem.
As you seek help from Dr. Cohen, your local chiropractor, you’ll want to keep the following things in mind:
Prevention Is Key
Prevention of future episodes of back pain is often the way to manage low back pain. When a patient sees a chiropractor, they’ll not only find relief for the low back pain they’re experiencing, but they’ll also learn ways to prevent such pain in the future. By using proper exercise and ergonomic techniques, they can ease their pain before it even starts. Amazing results are easily obtained simply by patients listening to the instructions given by their chiropractic doctor. At Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center, we specialize in teaching patients what they can do to prevent future back pain episodes.
Treatment Options Are Available
Fortunately, there are many treatment options for low back pain. Based off of the diagnosis provided by your Dr. Cohen we will be able to use the ones that will benefit you the most. These treatments may include one or more of the following:
- Spinal adjustments
- Hot or cold therapy
- Physical therapy modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation
- Aquatic therapy
- Spinal decompression therapy
- Therapeutic exercises
Getting Relief From Your Pain
If you were prescribed pain medication by a medical doctor before seeing Dr. Cohen, it may still be required to help reduce your pain levels or reduce inflammation. However, the good news is that you may be able to decrease your medication quicker than usual as spinal misalignments are corrected, nerve compression is alleviated and inflammation is reduced.
Rehab Through Exercise
As your care progresses from pain relief to rehabilitation of the spine, Dr. Cohen will recommend certain exercises to help strengthen your core muscles which, in return, will help stabilize and protect your lower back. Typically, these exercises are performed at the office first to make sure you learn how to do them properly without re-aggravating your original complaint. Once you’ve been educated on how to perform them correctly without supervision, you’ll be able to continue them at home in conjunction with the treatments you receive at the office.
Surgery May Be Avoided
Depending on your condition, you may be able to avoid surgery if you choose chiropractic rehabilitation treatment before your injuries or pain become worse. In many instances, chiropractic treatment can help you to avoid surgery entirely by helping correct the problem instead of just masking it through pain relief.
The key is to make sure you follow the treatment plan after a thorough consultation and examination are performed. Part of the examination procedures may require X-rays or MRIs.
The bottom line is that a chiropractor is the ideal professional to consult with for pain in the musculoskeletal system. We are not only well-qualified to treat conditions like low back pain but also achieve great results in a very affordable and effective manner. If you or a loved one are suffering from low back pain, gives us a call. We’re here to help!