About one in three people have been affected by lower back pain, so you are not alone in your suffering. You might need to see a doctor for the issue at some point. Still, it is not always clear what causes the condition. Understanding your options, such as chiropractic treatment for lower back pain, will help you make an informed decision.
When Should You Seek Help from a Chiropractor?
Sometimes, you might see a physical therapist if you have back pain. However, many people with lower back pain get massage therapy or see a chiropractor. You might have questions about what role a chiropractor plays in your treatment plan. For example, you might wonder if you should immediately get care or if you should wait to see if other treatments are helping.
However, if you don’t get any care, you might end up missing work, especially if you have a physically demanding job. You might end up debilitated by the condition, and you might even end up becoming disabled. And because of the opioid crisis, you should avoid taking potentially addicting medications whenever you can. That is where chiropractic treatment comes in.
How Chiropractic Treatment Works
At its core, chiropractic care often involves treating a range of lower back issues by dealing with them manually. For example, you might have manual manipulation or spinal manipulation. That means the provider will do a short arm thrust to the back. It can help reduce irritated nerves and improve the back’s function. At the same time, it can restore your range of motion. Many people call this treatment getting a chiropractic adjustment.
Much research suggests that chiropractic care is highly effective when it comes to treating back pain. Many guidelines published today have recommended including chiropractic manipulation when creating treatment plans for lower back pain.
Chiropractic mobilization means the chiropractor will do low-velocity manipulations or stretching of the joints and muscles. They can then increase your range of motion in these places. Of course, as with all treatment plans, the chiropractor will customize them to meet your needs.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain
If your spine is not aligned correctly, you might not be able to do your daily activities. You might have stiffness, pain, or soreness in the area. Then, you will not be able to function as expected. However, visiting a chiropractor for lower back pain can help reduce your symptoms. Then, you will not need to have surgery or take medications.
An adjustment can help reduce pain since it returns your spine to its natural alignment. That way, it can support your body, achieving a great range of motion. If your spine is not aligned, the back cannot distribute the weight correctly. That means other areas have too much pressure on them. The muscles might wear down or become sore.
You might want to see a chiropractor for your lower back pain. Then, you can get the treatment you need and get back to your normal routine.
By: Dr. Terry McSweeney
Dr. McSweeney is certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia and is a member of both the New Jersey Chiropractic Society and American Chiropractic Society; he is also a board member of the Mount Prospect Partnership and director of Mayor Quintana’s Health Program. Click here to learn more.