Chiropractic care is a way to diagnose and treat health problems that affect the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of the body. The back is a complicated structure of bones, discs, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. Even the pressure of coughing and sneezing can induce sharp pain. In addition, arthritis, disc disease, poor posture, repetitive work, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.
Back Pain Facts & Statistics
Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this persistent condition. Actually, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. According to WebMD, among people seeking back pain relief alternatives most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Back pain is one of the most common reason for missed work. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
With today’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, Chiropractic care is receiving more widespread attention. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are proven to be gentle, safe and effective. It reduces pain, decreases the need for medication, injections and surgery, and helps patients get back to work sooner.
In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.
A patient information article published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association also suggested chiropractic care as an option for people suffering from low back pain–and noted that surgery is usually not needed and should only be tried if other therapies fail.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges you to make an informed choice about your back care. In most cases, back pain responds extremely well to gentle Chiropractic care.
There have been multiple studies regarding the safety of Chiropractic which have been shown to have minimal side effects, such as mild soreness. In contrast to the vast side effects of medications and surgery, Chiropractic is extremely safe. It is not only extremely effective in the treatment of back pain, but one of the most cost effective options, with the least amount of risk. It should be the primary starting point in the evaluation of low back pain.
Overall, the patient assessment post care is a great measure in itself regarding the efficacy of Chiropractic Care for low back pain. Observational studies have consistently found that low back pain patients receiving chiropractic care, which typically includes (but is not restricted to) spinal adjustments, are more satisfied than those receiving medical care (Cherkin, 1989; Carey, 1995; Kane, 1974). Ultimately, Chiropractic care leaves large numbers of patients pleased with their results.
During your visit to our office, the doctor of chiropractic will perform a detailed consultation and examination to locate the source of your pain. This will involve a series of questions about your current condition, followed by physical and neurological exams. In the physical exam, your doctor will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. The doctor will feel your spine, note its curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasm. A check of your lower extremities may also be in order. During the neurological exam, the doctor may test your reflexes, muscle strength and sensory testing. If warranted, the Doctor may take x-rays and/or computerized muscle tests. Once all of the information is collected to develop a specific diagnosis, a report of findings will be delivered to you. The report of findings will discuss what is wrong, is it treatable and how long will it take to resolve. If you qualify for conservative chiropractic care, recommendations for the appropriate adjustments and therapies will be provided and treatment will begin that day.
Tucker Chiropractic Center
402 Middletown Blvd. Ste. 210
Langhorne, PA 19047