Back pain is the most common reason that new patients seek a chiropractor. Back pain affects an estimated 20% of the population each year. Chiropractic is becoming the first choice for back pain treatment, due in part to our success in helping patients.
How it affects men and women
Men and ladies are just as influenced by low back pain, which can extend in power from a dull, steady long to a sudden, sharp impression that leaves the individual debilitated.
Agony can start unexpectedly as a consequence of a mischance or by lifting something substantial, or it can create after some time because of age-related changes of the spine. Inactive ways of life additionally can set the stage for low back torment, particularly when a weekday routine of getting too little practice is punctuated by strenuous weekend workout.
When the pain is intense
Most low back pain is intense, or short term, and keeps going a couple of days to a couple of weeks. It tends to determine all alone with self-care and there is no leftover loss of capacity. The lion’s share of intense low back agony is mechanical in nature, implying that there is a disturbance in the way the back’s parts (the spine, muscle, intervertebral circles, and nerves) fit together and move.
Subacute low back agony is characterized as torment that endures somewhere around 4 and 12 weeks.
Perpetual back agony is characterized as pain that perseveres for 12 weeks or more, even after a starting damage or fundamental reason for intense low back pain has been dealt with. Around 20 percent of individuals influenced by intense low back agony create ceaseless low back pain with persevering manifestations at one year. Back pain treatment effectively soothes perpetual low back pain.
Chiropractic’s increased popularity is also due to limitations of success in back pain treatment through the medical approach. As with most pain, it is wise not to try to cover it up. The best direction is to find out the cause of the pain and attempt to correct it. That is the chiropractic approach. Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis of spinal misalignments and how to correct them.
It usually requires a detailed examination, where the chiropractor will test range of motion, perform orthopedic tests, neurological tests, strength tests and palpate the spine. Palpation is a chiropractor’s greatest tool.
By feeling the tissue around the spine a chiropractor can sense changes in alignment, muscle spasm, tenderness and texture helping him or her find areas that are misaligned. These misalignments are called subluxations and are predominately the cause of back pain. Correcting subluxations can be achieved through several techniques.
How long until I feel Better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take weeks, sometimes months. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health condition, muscle tone, severity of the injury, diet and even your attitude.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first couple of visits to our office are likely to be illuminating, empowering and exciting. Many of our patients feel that they have learned something amazing about themselves and their body following a chiropractic spinal evaluation.
Following a thorough examination and a review of your health history, the Doctor will advise whether you need chiropractic treatment or another form of therapy within the office or possibly be referred out to an appropriate healthcare provider specialty for your condition. If the examination and/or xray “report of findings” reveal malfunctioning areas of the spine, chiropractic adjustments will be recommended to help correct this condition. You will then be presented a specific care program which may include spinal adjustments, specific focused exercises, passive pain relief modalities, advice on stretching and ergonomics and possibly further laboratory testing.
Is the spine the only part of the body that can be adjusted?
The spine is only one part of the biomechanical structure of the human body. There are numerous other movable joints. Each one subjected to demands similar to those placed on the spine, and each one capable of malfunctioning.
The chiropractor considers each of these movable parts, as well as overall body dynamics, in the evaluation of a patient’s condition. The doctors at Berman Chiropractic & Rehab are qualified to perform adjustments in these areas as well
Isn’t some back pain normal?
Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.
Chiropractors are also educated in selecting the best method to correct misalignments, making the experience as comfortable as possible for the patient. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Neil A. Berman please contact us today for your back pain treatment consultation.