Back Pain Treatments: a Chiropractor Recommend?

Many patients benefit from chiropractic care for their back pain when there is a problem due to muscle imbalance or maladjustment of the spine. In my case, I sought out chiropractic care after my primary care doctor said that there was nothing that modern medicine could do for me. I first developed back pain some time during the fall of 2002, and the pain was just kind of there one day and never really left. I was going to the gym for pretty standard aerobic exercises back then, and had hoped a couple of days of rest would make the pain go away. It didn't. Finally, I called for an appointment with my primary care doctor to see what to do. The doctor seemed relatively uninterested in my problem, and he gave me a couple of simple tests to measure my range of motion and strength in my arms and legs. He told me point blank that if you pursue this, they will give you the million dollar battery of tests, and in the end you will be told that there is nothing they can do for you. You know, I actually liked Dr. Koshy, my primary care doctor, he was very friendly, and he always told me the truth, not just what I wanted to hear. Nonetheless, I was feeling in the worse way (if you have been there, you would understand), and I was going to keep seeing people and trying different things until something made me feel better. Eventually, I was able to find a chiropractor in my area that was able to take some X-Rays of my back and told me that there were things he could do to help me.



Though chiropractic care for back pain is considered an alternative therapy, it is well established and has been so for over 100 years. To become a chiropractor, one must complete 4 years of additional schooling in addition to 4 years of college to become certified as a D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic Care). Chiropractors will employ various therapies in order to treat the various muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and muscles whose normal function has been compromised. Though the iconic image of these practitioners is the guy cracking the back, chiropractors treat muscle strains as well as some medical problems not even involved with pain. Typically, the best prognosis for the treatment of back is when it is treated in the acute phase (less than 2 months). For this reason, you should try to get treated by a chiropractor (is that is your treatment method of choice) as soon as problems come up.

Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that the body is a machine that may begin to experience pain and discomfort through when one part of it throws the rest of the bones, joints, etc., out of balance. The body, at all ages, has a remarkability to heal itself, except when certain joints and structures are deprived of nutrients, or are no longer allowed to move the way they are meant to. Imagine a care that is riding of three healthy tires and one donut for the last 500 miles. Eventually, the whole car will get thrown out of alignment, and your car will begin to wear down, beginning at the healthy tires. Chiropractic manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by inflammation, accidents, and muscle imbalances.