Back Pain Treatment
Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the world, Thirty-one million Americans suffer from low back pain, and in 2010 the Global Burden of Disease named the condition the leading cause of disability worldwide. It's estimated that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Most of the time, back pain is not caused by a serious condition, such as fracture, cancer, arthritis, or an infection -- although back pain is a possible symptom of all these as well. Fortunately in many situations, back pain can be treated with chiropractic care.
Why is Back Pain So Common?
Back pain happens largely because the back is complex. It is a structure that includes, bones, joints, ligaments, discs, and muscles. In many cases, just moving wrong can trigger back pain. Pain can also be influenced by the weight of the person, their posture, and stress levels. Other internal conditions, such as kidney stones or infections, blood clots, and bone loss are also factors.
Treating Back Pain with Spinal Manipulation
While there are many different methods chiropractors use to help back pain, the most common is spinal manipulation. After treatment, much of the pain is relieved, and many are able to reduce or eliminate the need to take medication. It brings enough relief to allow for patients to complete physical therapy exercise and achieve more permanent relief sooner.The Federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has recommended spinal manipulation as the first option for those who suffer from low back pain, lauding the option as the "only safe and effective drugless form of initial treatment for low back.
At Highland Chiropractic in Louisville, Kentucky spinal manipulation and adjustment is a driving force of how we treat back pain. We start by using the Palmer method which is the cornerstone of chiropractic practice. The method is centered around the belief that the misalignment of the first few vertebrae at the top of the spinal column was the cause of back pain, and correcting this alignment was key to healing back pain as it triggers the rest of the vertebrae to fall in line. In addition to the Palmer methods, our chiropractor, Dr. Charles Copeland also incorporates the Thompson Technique, which uses a special , treatment table with drop sections that are used to magnify action of the therapist, used for joint adjustments as well as the Sacral-Occipital Technique, which helps restore working relationships of spine structure.
Preventing Back Pain
There are several things patients can do to reduce their instances of back pain. Some of these include
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Staying active
- Warming up before exercising
- Exercising good posture
- Wearing the right shoes
- Lifting correctly, with knees
- Not smoking
- Staying nutritionally balanced
At Highland Chiropractic, part of your treatment plan will also be focused on helping you to help yourself to prevent as much back pain as possible.
If you are having problems with your back in Louisville, KY, you're far from alone. But there is a good chance there is relief possible for you without drugs or surgery. Contact our office at 502-454-500 to schedule an appointment.