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Low Back Pain Evaluation & Treatment
April 4, 2016 - April 15, 2016| Free
Our “Symptom of the Week” outreach program is providing complimentary evaluation and treatment for low back pain for a limited time. In keeping with our mission to end unnecessary sickness, disease and suffering in our community our “Symptom of the Week” program offers a complimentary package of services done over a couple of visits to members of the community who are suffering from the highlighted condition or “symptom of the week”.
This package of services includes a complete chiropractic health evaluation, x-rays (if necessary) and is followed on the next visit with a report of what was found and the first adjustment/treatment in our office. (Normally $290). This offer is limited to those who are living and working in Laramie County.
Call the office at 307-637-7055 to take advantage of our Symptom of the Week program.
To learn more about this weeks Symptom of the Week please continue reading.
FAQ About Chiropractic and Back Pain
What Is Back Pain?
Back pain is called acute or chronic, depending on how long it lasts. If it lasts a short time, it’s called acute, and if it lasts a long time, it’s called chronic. Generally, back pain that lasts for more than 90 days is called chronic back pain.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain may be caused by an injury or trauma such as damages from a car accident, or by a disease that is occurring within the body that attacks the vertebrae, nerves, or spinal cord itself. For example, an injury at work or home where you slip and fall may cause a back problem such as a fracture or muscle strain/sprain. A car accident may cause direct injuries to the spine or cause sprain/strains, disk herniations, and fractured vertebrae. Back pain may also cause sciatica, which is nerve pain that results after the sciatic nerve is compressed.
Poor posture may cause back pain, and sleeping on an old mattress may also cause back pain that interferes with your sleep.
Diseases may also contribute to back pain. For example, osteoporosis causes brittle bones and may be associated with spinal vertebrae fractures and loss of disk height which causes a lot of pain. Arthritis may eat away at the bones of the spine or cause extra calcifications that limit movement and thus cause pain. Neurological disorders may cause the nerves to fire uncontrollably, go numb, be exceptionally painful, or make you feel radiating symptoms or even cold and hot sensations.
Why Am I So Stiff When I Have Back Pain?
Back pain often comes along with stiffness, making it difficult to move and making your job and daily life hard. The reason why your muscles get stiff is because they are trying to protect your spine from further damage. It is common for those with disk herniations to have muscle stiffness. However, a chiropractic adjustment of the spine aligns the vertebrae and stimulates healing to begin. Muscle stiffness begins to resolve itself.
Why Can’t I Get Out of Bed, Can’t Reach My Toes from My Back Pain?
When you have a spinal condition and your muscles are guarding your motions, you won’t be able to move as you do normally. This is why your motions are slower during activities such as getting out of bed, touching your toes, turning to the left and the right, and bending to the side or forward.
Chiropractic adjustments of the spine aligns the vertebrae and stimulates healing. Once this muscle stiffness begins to resolve itself, you will be able to move your body in all these ways.
Will I Be Like This Forever?
Chiropractic is a method of healing that directly affects the spine and nervous system, which control the entire body.
How is Low Back Pain Diagnosed?
Our office is well qualified and legally able to make a diagnosis for your low back pain. We start by taking a complete history and physical exam. During the physical exam, you will be asked about how the back pain started, where it is, how severe it is, how long you have had it, what makes it better and worse, and to explain times where you had the same type of pain before.
We will examine your spine and may order extra imaging tests to rule out serious types of spinal conditions. Some of these image studies may include x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, myelograms, electrodiagnosis, bone scans, or ultrasound tests.
How Will My Back Pain Be Treated?
Your treatment for low back pain will depend on your condition and how long you have had it as well as how severe the pain is. A chiropractor uses non-invasive types of treatments that are aimed at healing your body in many ways. Some of these methods include:
- Chiropractic Manipulation of the Spine – This may be done via direct hand contact, chiropractic tools, or equipment used by our office or a unique chiropractic table.
- Physical Therapy / Exercises- We may design a physical therapy program or an exercise program for you to strengthen muscles that are weak and are contributing to your condition.
- Massage- Therapeutic massage may be utilized to help you heal from your spinal condition. Massage increases circulation to the muscles and tissues and helps flush out waste products that have remained far too long. Massage techniques may be used that melt knots found in the muscles that are limiting movement, interfering with blood flow and causing pain. Massage also improves your mood and sense of wellbeing.
Nutritional Therapy and Supplementation- We will often recommend you eat certain foods that accelerate healing and stop eating other foods that are slowing down your healing. These recommendations are based on the latest nutritional studies. Certain herbal or vitamin and mineral supplements such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory herbs may also be suggested because of their ability to decrease inflammation in the body and stimulate healing.
I Was Told I Need Surgery. Should I Give Chiropractic A Try?
We recommend at least scheduling a first visit. In many cases, our office helps fill in a gap of healing that is not filled by modern medicine, and may result in healing so that surgery is not necessary. Every case is different, but many people have found success with chiropractic.
Chiropractic is a drugless method of healing that uses all-natural methods of pain control. Chiropractic care dates back to the beginning of time. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine wrote in his textbooks, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” In the U.S., chiropractic treatments began in the late 1800s and it has continued to this day for one major reason – it works!
Call our office today to schedule your appointment!