Back Pain and Treatment Options
At one point in time, we all experience back pain. For some, it was just exercising too hard or improperly lifting a box. These types of back pains are usually minor and the pain will subside with time and self-care.
There are however, instances in which back pain is more serious and when medical care is needed.
When suffering from back pain, most individuals head to their primary care physician. If this is your only option, this is fine. But, if you have insurance or the financial resources, head to a chiropractor. Why? Because the care is better and safer.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is the natural practice of medicine. It relies on manual therapy. This involves the use of the hands. Medical tools, such as sonograms, x-rays, or MRIs, may be used to diagnose a problem, but the hands only usually provide treatment. Popular procedures performed by chiropractors include therapeutic massages and chiropractic adjustments (click for Mayo Clinic definition). This involves using precise force to thrust a joint back into place or to extend it past its current ability to move.
Treatment for Back Pain
How does treatment for back pain vary from traditional forms of health care?
If you visit your primary care physician to seek pain relief, he or she will usually tell you to take an easy and prescribe pain medication. This only temporarily relieves the pain. Not all forms of back pain heal themselves. A slipped disk or another spinal or joint problem may be to blame. Pain pills and rest will not solve the problem, but chiropractors do.
They will manipulate the spine and the back to alleviate pain and improve mobility.
Does chiropractic care automatically mean ongoing care?
No. Many people mistakenly believe that once you visit a chiropractor, you must continue going. Some chiropractors do recommend continued care, but not always.For example, if an adjustment or spinal manipulation is used, you may need to return for a small amount of therapy or just a follow-up appointment. During that appointment, your chiropractor will share ways to stop pain at home.
This will include showing you how to properly lift boxes, sit at a computer and so forth. They may ask you to return in another six months to monitor the progress.
Finding A Chiropractor
How does one find a chiropractor? Unless you already knew the benefits of chiropractic care, you might not have given chiropractors any thought. You may have driven by two or three offices a day and never noticed.
It is easy to find chiropractors. They are everywhere. Your town or a nearby town should have at least two to choose from. As for how you can find them, local phone books, online business directories, insurance providers, recommendations from those you know, and by performing a standard internet search.
Choosing A Chiropractor
How does one choose a chiropractor? You now know how to find chiropractors, but how do you choose one?
If covered by health insurance, check with your provider. Some offer money saving discounts to those who go with special in-network providers. If not, opt for a chiropractor who accepts your insurance. If uninsured, opt for the chiropractor with the most affordable rates or one who offers flexible payment plans.
In conclusion, if you suffer from back pain or discomfort, don’t suffer in silence any longer. Don’t just mask your symptoms. Recurring back pain is a sign that something is wrong. A licensed chiropractor cannot only find the problem, but treat it with no surgery, non-invasive procedures, and with no medication.