Chiropractors have gained popularity in the health care industry over the years. By offering alternative medical treatment plans for neuromuscular disorders, Chiropractors provide education to their patients on their health issues when it comes to exercise, ergonomics, therapies or other ways pain can be reduced to help increase and improve function and movement along with lifestyle counseling , nutritional and dietary needs, especially when seeking chiropractic treatments for lower back pain.
Doctors of Chiropractors are required to complete four years of undergraduate pre-medical education before acceptance into an accredited chiropractic college. The educational requirements are stringent and very demanding; more so than most educational requirements of other health care professionals. Chiropractors offer extensive diagnostic skills.
How Chiropractors Can Help
Patients can expect a full clinical and laboratory work up when they go see a Chiropractor for a diagnosis. A Chiropractor will look at the patient’s past medical history and chief complaint of what has bought them into the office. By providing a thorough clinical examination and requesting any diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing or other types of diagnostic tests to determine the extent of injury and a treatment plan.
Chiropractors offer hands on, drug free approach to providing healthcare with the goal of reducing pain and restoring joint functions. This can be obtained by chiropractic adjustment, also referred to as spin manipulation, in which the human body enables itself to heal without the use of invasive treatments. A chiropractor can relieve the pain associated with bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartridge; such as that found in the lower back.
Chiropractic Treatments for Lower Back Pain
Back pain is a common complaint of patients, running a close second to headaches. Nearly everyone will experience some sort of lower back pain during their lifetime with pain levels from discomforting to severe. Acute back pain can last a day to a few weeks while pain from trauma can last much longer and can lead to conditions that are more serious. Back pain can be caused from disorders such as arthritis or by an injury or trauma injuries. Lower back pain is the primary reason most patients go to a Chiropractor. This can include leg pain caused by the sciatica nerve.
The lower back is a delicate and complex structure of tissues, muscles and bones. It provides support to the upper body and provides protection to the spinal cord which contains the nervous system, a structure of nerves that carry out signals to the body that controls movements and provides sensations. The spine is constructed of over 30 bones called the vertebrae. Each vertebrae has discs (intervertebral discs) located between each bone space that provides the spine with flexibility and provides a shock absorber/cushion to the bones.
Lower back pain suddenly occurs when a patient experiences a trauma associated with an automobile accident, sports or exercise activity, yard or house work, or a fall. These types of traumas will cause the muscles or ligaments to overstretch, resulting in a strain or sprain. This type of lower back injury can also cause muscle spasms in the lower back. Other lower back injuries can be from disorders and/or degenerative conditions such as those related to osteoporosis, disc disease, viral infections, bone diseases, irritation to the discs or arthritis.
Serious medical conditions can be associated with lower back pain when it is accompanied by fever, pain experienced when coughing, diabetes, loss of control of the bladder or bowels and/or weakness in the legs that is progressively worsening. When lower back pain is associated with one or more of these conditions, it can be life threatening. Immediate medical attention should be obtained in order to prevent damage that can be permanent.
Treatment plans are focused on the patient’s medical disorders and general health conditions. They are concentrated on how these disorders and conditions are affected by the nervous and muscular skeletal system. By applying manual adjustment and or manipulating the spine, pain can be reduced and function can be improved.
Treatment with a chiropractor is considered safe by offering drug free, hands on treatment plans revolving around manipulating the spine, commonly called chiropractic adjustment. These treatment plans will restore mobility of joints while reducing and eliminating pain.
Sometimes treatment plans will work in conjunction with other medical care providers as part of a holistic patient care plan especially when other medical conditions exist with the patient. If necessary, referrals will also be made to other healthcare providers when chiropractic treatment is not appropriate.
Treatment does not cause any pain or discomfort during the chiropractic adjustment. Some patients do report mild soreness described as that one would feel after exercising. The soreness can last between 12 and 24 hours.
Dr. Kris Dorken is the owner of Core Wellness Centre in Toronto. Call (416) 479 – 8311 to discover how chiropractic can help your lower back pain.