A Chiropractor Can Treat Your Back Pain and Injury

Posted on: July 16, 2018

Visit a chiropractor to treat back pain or an injury. This is an excellent way to find relief and healing.

While chiropractors treat more than just back pain, there is no denying that this is one of the most common reasons patients start receiving chiropractic care. Most Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, lower back pain is known as the leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Chiropractic Association (https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics). Back pain in general is one of the most common reasons people miss work, as well as why many people visit the doctor. Many of these people are prescribed pain killers by general physicians rather than receiving the corrective care they need to overcome the pain naturally.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the nervous system. Much of the treatment focuses on patient complaints of pain in the back, neck, shoulders, hips and limbs. Often, headaches are treated by chiropractic care as well. Chiropractors treat these ailments with manipulations and adjustments. This is an approach free of medication. Many treatments also include giving advice on nutritional and lifestyle habits that will benefit the patient too. All in all, chiropractic care focuses on treating the person as a whole, employing preventative care and finding the cause of discomfort rather than just treating the pain itself.

How do chiropractors treat back pain?

For back pain, chiropractic care typically involves some type of spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation is a non-invasive, conservative type of treatment that provides pain relief, inflammation reduction and a faster recovery from injury or strain. Chiropractic care is used to treat both acute and chronic back pain. It can be used as the primary treatment method combined with recommendations from other doctors, or it can used as a secondary or complementary treatment for patients with chronic conditions.

What is spinal manipulation?

Spinal manipulation, also called spinal adjustment, is often used by chiropractic care professionals to restore joint mobility. During a manipulation, a gentle force is applied to vertebra that have experienced subluxation or in other words, have moved out of their normal alignment. When subluxation occurs, it often compresses nearby nerves and causes discomfort and restricted movement. Subluxation can occur as a result of an injury through lifting an object or playing sports or as a gradual injury brought on by long-term poor posture. The adjustment or manipulation of these injured joints leads to restored mobility and reduced pain. Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation (with the hands) or manipulation with specialized tools. Discomfort rarely results from spinal manipulations, and most patients experience a sense of immediate relief following an adjustment.

Visit our office for help and healing

If you are experiencing back pain or body pain that may be stemming from a back injury, you may be in need of a spinal manipulation. To learn more about how a chiropractor can help you, schedule an appointment with our office today.

Call (803) 366-7799 today to reach Geer Family Chiropractic.