Back pain is one of the most chronic, long-term conditions that cause pain in our bodies. Whilst mild and intermittent back pain may not be too debilitating, for those patients who suffer from significant and persistent discomfort, their back problems can have a very real impact on their ability to live a full, active and happy life.
Fortunately, there is an increasing number of treatments being discovered that help patients with back pain manage their discomfort as well as resolving the root cause of the problem. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective solutions and is also extremely popular since it is a non-invasive technique that does not require the use of artificial medications. Here is what you need to know about back pain and how it can be treated with chiropractic care.
There are a tremendous number of different potential causes of back pain, and in some cases, patients never discover an exact cause for their discomfort. In this instance, they may be diagnosed with ‘non-specific’ back pain. Some of the most common causes of back pain include the following:
A pulled ligament or muscle
A damaged intervertebral disc
Muscle tension or damage
Osteoarthritis, which can affect the space around the spinal cord
Osteoporosis, where vertebrae become brittle and fracture more easily
Chiropractic care is an increasingly popular way of treating different degrees of back pain. Chiropractors are trained and experienced in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions that are associated with the musculoskeletal system, and in particular, the spine. They do this in a number of ways. The most well-known technique is spinal manipulation, which is sometimes called a chiropractic adjustment. This is a hands-on treatment where your chiropractor will use manual movements in your back and joints to free joints that are stiff or restricted in some way. This process, known as mobilization, helps to facilitate movement as well as reduce back pain. By making these adjustments, inflammation is reduced and blood flow to the area restored. This, combined with the natural stimulation of pain-relieving endorphins that occur after a chiropractic adjustment help to make the patient more comfortable.
As well as manual treatment, chiropractors can offer patients other valuable advice and support. This includes physical therapy exercises to carry out at home to aid your progress, posture guidance, information about ergonomic aids such as lumbar-support chairs and wrist supports, and advice on diet and exercise.
Every patient is different, and your chiropractor will create a bespoke treatment plan that is based specifically on your needs.
There are many different benefits to treating back pain with chiropractic care. Some of the most commonly cited include the following:
The process is completely natural and non-invasive.
Treatment plans are tailored to each individual patient
Chiropractic improves joint mobility, function, and health
Chiropractic improves circulation which in turn helps with healing
It enables patients to have less or even no reliance on pain medications
It improves the patient’s quality of life
Chiropractic care is a recognized and safe treatment choice
If you would like to discover more about treating back pain with chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team of chiropractors in Raleigh, NC today.