Is Your Back Pain Back Again?
By Sandy Schroeder
Not surprising, back pain is the second-most frequent reason people seek medical help, behind upper respiratory infections. Health experts say 80 percent of us will encounter back pain during our lives. Back pain may be mild and intermittent, or arrive with sharp pain, tingling, numbness and burning sensations. But answers are always needed.
What to Do
When back pain persists, The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is ready to help. Focusing on spinal health, the chiropractor will use a spinal adjustment to help you seek relief.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, a chiropractic spinal adjustment is a recommended option for back pain. Research shows spinal adjustments are safe and effective, helping to reduce costs, and allowing workers to return to work sooner. ACA says another recent study found spinal adjustments provide better short-term relief of chronic back pain than medication.
Developing A Plan
As you sort out the pain and talk about the future, your chiropractor will discuss your normal schedule and review your medical history to come up with an overall treatment plan that works for you. He may also advise you on ways to avoid future back pain such as these tips from ACA.
- Eat a healthy diet and maintain normal weight.
- Practice good posture.
- Avoid long periods of inactivity or bed rest.
- Stretch or warm up before working around the house or gardening or exercising with your doctor and your chiropractor’s approval.
- Make sure your mattress is medium firm to reduce curve in the spine.
- Wear well supported low-heeled shoes.
- Do not smoke. Smoking affects blood flow and prevents nutrients and oxygen from reaching the spine.
- Lift with your knees, keeping objects close to the body. Never twist while lifting.
- Work with your chiropractor to make sure your workplace is ergonomically sound.
According to the White Paper, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, 2016 – “Chiropractic, A Safer Strategy than Opiates,” patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is widespread.
For example, a study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span concluded: Low back pain initiated with a chiropractor saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor.
Over the years, I have watched friends, family and co-workers opt for chiropractic when back pain flared up. In each case, the problem was successfully resolved with the individual chiropractor playing a key role.
If you would like to find out more, visit The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint provides an affordable pricing plan that eliminates insurance, as well as convenient weekend and evening hours with no appointments needed.