Ditch the Muscle Rub and Seek Helpful Treatment

By Stephen R. Farris

It's the bottom of the last inning. Your league softball team is down by a two runs and you're up at the plate.

You're tired after a long day at work and from playing hard, but getting a nice base-clearing hit might make the day worthwhile as that would give your team the win.

The pitcher tosses the ball in your hitting zone and you drive the ball between outfielders. The bases clear, your team wins. However, something doesn't feel quite right as you start to experience some pain in your lower back.

The first thing we normally do in these cases is head back to the dugout and reach into our bat bag, pulling out a tube of muscle cream or rub.

Sure, it's a quick fix for the night. 

But as morning rolls in. the pain is still there, so it's time to seek real help at that point.

The best bet is to see a chiropractor. 

Here's a few tips if it's your first time and what you can expect.

Patient History

This usually requires first-time patients to fill out a questionnaire concerning their medical history, listing previous injuries, chronic ailments, and/or other areas of concern that is causing pain. Also important is whether you've experienced this type of problem in the past. It's important to be absolutely honest. 

Physical Examination

Next up is the physical examination and normally consists of your chiropractor checking your muscle tone, range of motion (walking, bending, lifting and turning), muscle strength and posture, to name a few. You might want to tell your chiropractor if you experience certain pains in any specific areas during the physical examination. This can help narrow down where the pain is actually coming from.

Diagnosis

After reviewing your medical history and the results from your physical exam, the doctor will assess your condition and let you know the proper treatment -- if any treatment is necessary at all. You and the chiropractor will then determine the best option -- which may be a chiropractic adjustment -- or the best treatment that may be extended beyond a one-time adjustment in order to regain your health. Even though that game-winning hit may have tweaked your back, your back reached its current condition through years of use; you may feel better overnight, but it may not be optimal overnight.  

Taking that first step will be the key to getting back in the game a lot quicker and give you a guide to start living a healthier life.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Little Rock, Ark.

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