Chiropractic spinal care for Spine pain; How to choose your Chiropractor?

Know which tests and treatments can help

Licensed chiropractors and Osteopaths adjust the spine to improve alignment, ease pain, and restore movement in the spine or joints. Recent research indicates that adjustment can work to relieve pain and decrease discomfort as drugs and surgery, and it is also safer.

The Chiropractor may give the patient exercises to help improve alignment (posture) and prevent further injury. They also promote healthy behaviors such as quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight.

Chiropractors offer a variety of tests and treatments. The American Chiropractic Association has a guideline for patients to talk with their healthcare provider to ensure they get the tests and treatments they need.

For Example, Most people with spine-related pain don’t need imaging tests. X-rays and other imaging tests usually don’t help your doctor diagnose and treat back pain. Most back pain usually goes away in a matter of weeks. But, there are situations where imaging is necessary, and your Chiropractor will inform you.

These tests also:

  • Use radiation, which can build up over time and increase your risk of cancer.

  • May lead to unnecessary treatments, such as opioid pain-killers or surgery. These can increase your risks and costs.

When might imaging tests help?

In some cases, chiropractors need to use imaging to ensure their adjustments will not harm you. For Example, it may be essential to check for a problem, such as a fracture or osteoporosis. A patient with a history of cancer may also justify imaging. You usually don’t need follow-up tests to check your progress. 

A physical exam is a better way to check your progress. However, a follow-up test may be helpful if you get worse or new symptoms develops.

Avoid passive therapies unless you have them along with other treatments.

Passive physical therapies such as; heat, cold, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound—may give you short-term relief from pain and discomfort. Many chiropractors may use them to help you relax before spinal manipulation, or you may use them before a physical activity like walking, biking, or swimming. But these therapies do not help you prevent long-term problems. Make sure to consult with your Chiropractor before using them.

Avoid regular use of lumbar supports or braces.

Lumbar supports can improve pain and discomfort for a short period, but your back and abdominal muscles do not work as hard when you use these devices, and over time, they become lazy and weak. If you rely on the devices, these muscles can become more fragile. This is bad because you need to strengthen these muscles to relieve lower-back pain as core muscle carries 50% of your low back pressure. A device may help in the first few days of severe pain or during certain activities, such as gardening.

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