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Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain

Posted: March 24, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain  

Those who suffer from chronic back pain know just how excruciating and uncomfortable it can be; specifically, severe back pain may affect your ability to perform every day tasks and could even prevent you from being able to work. If you've been dealing with back pain and are seeking a viable, long-term solution, then maybe it's time to consider Bolingbrook back relief help from an experienced and professional chiropractor.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

Depending on the specific cause of your back pain, there are multiple chiropractic treatment options available to you that have been proven to be effective. For instance, one of the most common treatments for back pain is that of a spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation.

This technique involves the skilled manipulation of the spine to improve alignment, thus reducing pain and pressure points. With a chiropractic adjustment, patients are asked to lie face-down on a flat, padded table. The chiropractor then uses his or her hands to manipulate the spine, during which time the patient may hear and/or feel a few "pops." This is perfectly normal and should not cause any pain.

Many patients who suffer from lower back pain or chronic headaches caused by back pain find that adjustments are a viable form of relief. In some cases, relief is instantaneous, whereas others report a gradual decrease in pain in the hours and days following the treatment.

In addition to spinal alignment, chiropractic treatment could also involve specific exercises and stretches that are designed to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve (for those experiencing sciatic nerve pain) or other discs in the spine. Those whose chiropractors recommend at-home exercises and stretches as a form of treatment should follow the regimen closely to ensure the best results.

What to Expect From Your First Chiropractic Appointment

If you've never been to a chiropractor before, you may be wondering what to expect during your first appointment in an attempt to relieve your back pain. Generally, you'll begin with an overall physical assessment. The chiropractor will want to get a better idea of the location and severity of your pain, along with what may be causing it. As such, you should expect to be asked some basic questions about your back pain during the first appointment, such as:

  • where is the pain centralized?
  • on a scale of 1-10, how severe is your back pain?
  • has your back pain prevented you from performing everyday activities?
  • do you have any diagnosed spine conditions, such as scoliosis?

From there, your chiropractor may also decide to order a series of x-rays on your neck and spine to further confirm his or her diagnosis regarding your pain. Only from there will your chiropractor be able to develop the best plan of treatment. At that point, you may elect to have your treatment done that same-day (if possible), or your chiropractor may suggest that you schedule an appointment for later in the week.

As you can see, there are many ways in which chiropractic treatment can help alleviate your back pain. Whether it's lower back pain caused by scoliosis, neck pain caused by a work-related injury, or anything in between, a chiropractor is often your best bet for getting the treatment you need for long-term relief.

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