Dr Bret Wilson

Back Pain

Chiropractic Care and Back Pain

Dr Bret WilsonAt one point in time, most of us will experience back pain. For some, it was just exercising too hard or improperly lifting a box. These types of back pains are usually minor and the pain will subside with time and self-care. There are however, instances in which back pain is more serious and when a doctor’s care is needed.

When suffering from back pain, most individuals head to their primary care physician. But, more and more people head to a chiropractor. Why? Relief from your symptoms can be obtained with no drugs or surgery, and the care is better and safer.

What is chiropractic care? Chiropractic care is the natural alternative, the leading drug free non-surgical practice of health care. It relies on chiropractic manipulative therapy, the adjustment. This involves the use of the hands. Consultation, examination and other procedures such x-rays, or MRIs, may be used to diagnose a problem, but the hands usually provide treatment. Popular procedures performed by chiropractors include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, exercise and nutrition. The adjustment involves using a precise thrust to restore the joint back into place and improve the ability to move.

How does treatment for back pain vary from traditional forms of health care? If you visit your primary care physician to seek pain relief, he or she will usually tell you to take it easy and prescribe pain medication. This only temporarily relieves the pain. Not all forms of back pain heal themselves. A slipped disk or another spinal or joint problem may be to blame. Pain pills and rest will not solve the problem, but chiropractors do. They will manipulate the spine and the back to alleviate pain and improve mobility.

Does chiropractic care automatically mean ongoing care? How long will it take? Most conditions require a series of treatments to reduce the pain and restore function. Treatment plans are based on the specifics of the case and the needs of the patient. Your chiropractor will share ways to stop pain at home. This will include the use of ice and heat, proper postures, exercise and modified activities of daily living.Dr Bret Wilson

How does one choose a chiropractor? A referral from a friend or another doctor can be helpful. A check with your insurance plan can provide you with a list of chiropractors in your area. Location may be a consideration, as most conditions will require a series of treatments, so convenience can make compliance easier. You may have driven by two or three offices a day and never noticed. . As for how you can find them, local phonebooks, online business directories, insurance providers, recommendations from those you know, and by performing a standard internet search.

If you have had prior experience with chiropractic, then try to find a doctor who provides similar types of care or technique. There are many methods of manipulation ranging from traditional high velocity thrust manual manipulation, use of a drop table or instrument adjusting. The type of treatment recommended for your situation should be discussed with your chiropractor after evaluation and diagnosis and prior to the initiation of treatment.

Back pain resolution requires teamwork between the doctor and the patient. Treatment, home care exercise, proper use of medication and therapy work together to resolve symptoms, improve function and restore quality of life.

In conclusion, if you suffer from back pain or discomfort, don’t suffer in silence any longer. Don’t just mask your symptoms. Recurring back pain is a sign that something is wrong. A licensed chiropractor can find the problem; treat it with no surgery, non-invasive procedures, and with no medication.

Yours in health

Bret A Wilson, DC

Dr. Bret Wilson wants you to move, play and live free from neck and back pain.  For more information about chiropractic, posture, exercise, and how to make better choices about your health visit our website www.bellwestchiro.com.  Find a chiropractor in your area to help you with safe and effective health care.  http://www.acatoday.org/Find-a-Doctor