The Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy for Back Pain
Nothing ruins a day like back pain. Whether you miss work, family outings or restful sleep, you just can’t function properly when your back hurts. If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone - an estimated 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and roughly 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at one point or another. This common ailment has many causes, but the result is usually the same; missed work, lowered productivity, and lost sleep. Back pain, even when it's not serious, can throw your whole life into chaos.
What can you do to alleviate your discomfort? Over the counter pain relievers provide temporary relief at best, and surgical procedures are a drastic measure that should only be used as a last resort. Prescription drugs can be habit-forming and lose efficacy over time. How can you find lasting relief? The most effective treatment for back pain is chiropractic therapy.
How Can Chiropractic Therapy Help Treat Back Pain?
The philosophy of chiropractic medicine favors using natural methods of health care, avoiding surgery and drugs whenever possible. Chiropractors manipulate the body’s musculoskeletal structure, most notably the spine. When able to properly align the musculoskeletal structure, the body will take over and heal itself. This allows you to avoid invasive surgical procedures or potentially habit-forming medications and has proven incredibly useful for treating both acute and chronic back pain.
Chiropractic therapy has been proven effective in treating tissue injuries from repetitive stress, improper posture or traumatic injuries like falls. It also effectively relieves the pain associated with those injuries. In fact, chiropractic therapy has a higher success rate in treating back pain than most other conventional treatments, and chiropractors outperform other healthcare providers when it comes to alleviating back pain.
How Chiropractors Treat Back Pain
Chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints in the spine. This is an effective treatment for back pain, relieving discomfort and, in many cases, restoring mobility. When performed by a trained chiropractor, the therapy is safe with few side effects. The most common side effects include temporary soreness and fatigue; more negative reactions are incredibly rare.
How Will My Treatment Proceed?
Dr. Apps will begin with a comprehensive exam, including a consultation discussion of your pain and its likely causes, and a case history involving family history, injuries, and other health concerns.
This will allow Dr. Apps to diagnose the cause of the problem, whether it is injury-related, a nerve problem, or a more serious health issue such as a tumor. If appropriate, he will make recommendations to begin treating your ailment with spinal manipulation.
Depending on the cause and severity of your back pain, you may require frequent treatments to alleviate pain and address the underlying problem responsible for that pain.
Should I See a Chiropractor?
Whether your back pain is from repetitive stress, poor posture or some form of trauma, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor to assess your condition. Chances are likely that Dr. Apps will be able to help alleviate your pain without the need for invasive surgeries or prescription drugs.
Should your condition prove severe enough to require further medical treatment, Dr. Apps can recommend the right medical professionals to treat you. As with most non-intrusive treatment’s, adverse side effects are few, and the therapy provides permanent, low-risk relief from back pain.
Additionally, Dr. Apps can help you find complementary health practices, such as exercise, physical therapy, and self-care to speed your recovery, if you ask.
You don’t have to rely on surgery or drugs for relief. Instead, turn to chiropractic therapy for your back pain. Call today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Apps to help you find the relief you need!