If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you’ve likely considered chiropractic care. So why do so many people do the wrong things when it comes to alleviating their symptoms? Why not go immediately to the chiropractor?
“Maybe It Will Go Away”
Often referred to as the five most dangerous words in health care, patients will simply do nothing and hope their pain goes away. Occasionally, they will try to help themselves with some over the counter medications or applying heat via a heating pad or a cream that increases the temperature of the muscles.
In the initial visit to our office, we can immediately make recommendations on how to decrease the back pain and the inflammation associated with it. Sometimes the fastest relief we can provide is to get you to stop doing the wrong things and start doing the right things.
“Ice or Heat?”
In one of our more popular videos, I discuss whether or not you should be using ice or heat for your back pain. (The answer is almost always “ice,” by the way.)
We’ve also found that Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Aleve (naproxen) seem to be less effective than ibuprofen when it comes to alleviating an initial flare up. None of these over the counter remedies are meant to be a long-term solution.
“How Can Chiropractic Help?”
While back pain can be caused by a lot of different problems, the simplest solution is very commonly the correct one. If your symptom is being caused by a vertebra that is out of alignment and creating pressure on a nerve, which then causes inflammation and spasming of the surrounding muscles (sound familiar?) then you will likely respond to chiropractic care.
If, by some chance, you have a bulging or herniated disc causing the pain, it’s still reasonable to try a short trial of chiropractic adjustments and see if you get some initial relief. This will guide us in determining your next steps.
Chiropractors find the areas out of place, stuck, or both and move them back into place. In our office, this is primarily accomplished by using our hands. When the bone moves back into place, you may feel the it move and hear a “pop” or “crack” noise associated with it. This does not hurt. Sometimes it will feel uncomfortable only because we have to touch the irritated area to do the adjustment, but the adjustment itself is usually very comfortable.
“Will It Last?”
One adjustment will not be your final step in achieving long term back pain relief. Some modifications may be needed to your daily activities, including sitting position, sleeping position, and your workstation (if they may be contributing to your problem).
We will also show you specific exercises to help you hold and maintain your adjustments and keep your pain away for as long as possible.