Why Chiropractic Care should be your First Stop before Back Surgery
Are you trying to live a healthy life and avoid drugs and surgery? Chiropractic care can help you with an all-natural approach and is often an alternative back surgery treatment. The body is an amazing vessel that is capable of healing itself if it is given a proper environment. Your nervous system is in charge of all the cells in your body, so by getting your spine back in alignment everything else will also fall into place.
Chiropractic care is an alternative treatment for pain that is caused by pinched nerves in the neck or back. The pinched nerve can be due to many things, but is usually caused by a “misalignment” of a vertebra due to an injury, or pressure from a protruded or herniated disc.
Prior to treatment, there are several steps involving a physical exam, medical history and possibly imaging, such as x-rays or an MRI. This is necessary to determine the most effective treatment for your neck pain or back pain. A plan of action is determined that can include, chiropractic adjustments, various forms of physiotherapy, nutritional supplements and home exercise. Chiropractic manipulation involves adjusting the spinal joints manually using a controlled and quick force to improve the quality of motion in that area and hopefully provide a certain amount of healing and pain relief. Most of the time, the chiropractic adjustment (manipulation) is not only painless, but it brings about a feeling of relief. There’s nothing better than when pressure is removed from a pinched nerve.
Almost all of the nerves in your body exit the spinal cord, so if you have any sort of compression or problems in your spine it can disrupt the functioning of your nerves and what they are in charge of. Chiropractic care can help many problems, from headaches, neck pain, back pain, arm pain or numbness, leg pain or numbness and sciatica (a pain down the back of the leg along the sciatic nerve).
Lower back pain is a very common complaint with people today. Chiropractic care can help ease the pain you are feeling in your back by adjusting the spinal column. This type of care has been studied over the years and is considered a great way to eliminate the need for back surgery. As a matter of fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association has just published guidelines recommending chiropractor care for lower back pain as an alternative to back surgery (see article here). Many major medical centers require that the patient undergoes at least 3 months of chiropractic care prior an evaluation for a back surgery event.
One of the other great benefits of chiropractic treatment is its relatively low cost in comparison to back surgery. The fact that chiropractic care is also less invasive is a huge bonus as well. Chiropractic care can help with many things, including reduction of inflammatory cytokines, an increase in immune system function, enhancement in pulmonary function, decrease in mental stress, release in muscle tension, and an increase in energy level.
We can help your back pain and ensure that your health is improved through the process. Most of our patients don’t need surgery and chiropractic care has been able to help them alleviate the chronic back pain, leg pain and even the associated numbness in the leg that may be present. Give us a call and set up a consultation so they we can determine the cause of your back pain and begin a course of corrective care.
If you’ve been suffering with neck pain and back pain, and you’ve been told you need surgery, call our office today for a consultation to see if chiropractic care is right for you. Call 860-583-4346 or fill out our consultation request here.