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It’s estimated that 85% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. That said, finding the right treatment isn’t an easy feat. There are varying types and levels of back pain, such as upper back, mid back, low back, acute, subacute, and chronic, which means we’re faced with an overwhelming list of solutions like medication, surgery, physical therapy, rest, ice, heat, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care.
How do you figure out which one is right for you?
It’s helpful to think about finding relief from back pain like shopping at your local grocery store – you compare the wide variety of treatment options like you would the inventory on the shelves. Having said that, many people have chosen chiropractic and experienced tremendous results. In fact, according to a 2015 National Institutes of Health report, an estimated 27 million Americans were treated by a doctor of chiropractic for back pain and saw immediate improvement. So, what makes chiropractic care the superior option for managing and relieving back pain?
Getting Your Back on Track
The hallmark treatment of chiropractic care is a manual manipulation therapy known as a spinal adjustment. Modern day chiropractic adjustments entail a gentle, slow, controlled, hands-on application of force to realign the vertebrae of the spine, and thus remove painful distortions in your musculoskeletal system that impede brain-body communication and lead to health conditions.
Although once considered a fringe medical treatment for back pain, the practice of spinal manipulation for back problems is being adopted by more medical experts, researchers, and professionals. In fact, the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, included spinal manipulation as one of several treatment options for people to consider in their patientcare guidelines.
Caveats to Consider
As previously mentioned, there are other treatments to consider besides chiropractic care, such as over-the-counter medications, painkillers, surgery, exercises, stretches, massage, or a combination of remedies. Depending on your unique condition and health history, an alternative may work better for you than chiropractic care.
However, it is important to note that certain avenues, like suregy and prescription drugs, only offer temporary relief and fail to cure the underlying cause. On the other hand, services like massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care have been proven to provide relief over the long-term and even restore individuals to proper health and wellness.
If you select a service other than chiropractic, make sure to stay in the natural, hands-on, drug-free, noninvasive lane.
Why Should You Consider Chiropractic Treatment Above the Rest?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractors treat not only back pain, but several other health conditions, including neck pain, headaches, muscle pain, ligament discomfort, and joint disorders. Moreover, Doctors of Chiropractic undergo extensive training to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems.
Additionally, chiropractors take a holistic, or whole-body, approach to patients, counseling them on diet, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle habits. While conservative pain management is emphasized over drugs and surgery, a good chiropractor will refer patients to other medical professionals if the diagnosis is beyond the scope of his or her practice.
If You Decide to See a Chiropractor…
Find out ahead of time if your health insurance will cover your treatment. At Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness, we encourage you not to allow your money to dictate how you care for yourself, but we understand that it is convenient to have financial support. That said, we accept several different insurance providers and can custom make a payment plan suited to your needs. Thankfully, Medicare now covers medically necessary chiropractic services.
Also, look for a chiropractor who:
- Provides advice on home treatment and exercises
- Arrives at a diagnosis through a thorough physical examination, interview, and X-rays
- Is willing to refer you to a specialist when warranted
Lastly, consult with your friends and family or read your local Google reviews. Word-of-Mouth or Electronic-Word-of-Mouth are strong indicators of a good chiropractor. People buy from those they know, like, and trust. If you don’t believe me, checkout what people have to say about Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness.
Chiropractic care is very effective for managing and relieving patients of back pain. There are piles of digital evidence from reliable, credible sources to support chiropractic as an innate, result-oriented, affordable alternative healthcare solution.
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