Chiropractic has been shown to be very effective at improving may conditions. Chiropractors regularly relieve mechanical back pain, and back pain is certainly the condition most associated with chiropractic care. But, interestingly, there are many conditions that chiropractic can help as effectively as back pain.
Back pain and other conditions helped by Chiropractic
Here is a short list of some conditions very effectively relieved by Chiropractic. It is not intended as a comprehensive list, but rather a guide to those conditions that are not just back pain.
- Acute low back pain
- Chronic low back pain
- Acute whiplash-associated disorders
- Shoulder girdlepain/dysfunction
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Tennis elbow
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Cervicogenic headache
- Cervicogenic dizziness
- Extremity joint conditions
- Acute/subacute neck pain
- Chronic neck pain
An Introduction to Back Pain
Back pain is extremely common. Most people will suffer at least one episode of back pain during their life. Usually it starts suddenly and gets better quickly, without the need for any treatment. However, back pain can be painful, debilitating and persistent, and some people suffer from it repeatedly and constantly. It can also be associated with other symptoms, such as leg pain or sciatica. It may start following a specific incident, such as bending awkwardly or lifting a heavy weight. Or it can develop gradually, perhaps as a result of poor posture, an uncomfortable work position or repetitive strain.
Seeing a Chiropractor for Back Pain
Chiropractors specialise in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions of the spine. They are highly trained in finding the cause of pain in the spine. Importantly, chiropractors are regulated by law and must work within strict professional and ethical boundaries.
Before starting treatment, a chiropractor will complete a full New Patient consultation. This will involve taking details about your condition, current health and medical history, and performing a physical examination. Sometimes it may be necessary to refer you for other tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans or blood tests. Your chiropractor will gain as much information about your back pain as possible so that a precise diagnosis can be made.
Your chiropractor will give you their report of findings, what can be done and what you can expect. Andy Green, a Chiropractor in Reading, Berkshire, explains, “After we have performed a thorough assessment and delivered our report of findings we will outline the cause of the back pain and what is our rationale to relieve it. If the root cause of the back pain is something chiropractic cannot help we will immediately refer the patient back to the GP or to an appropriate specialist.”
Back pain comes in many forms, with many different causes. If you suffer any back pain for a period of more than a week, then try consulting a chiropractor! Your back pain, or any of the above named conditions, may soon be a thing of the past. Chiropractors are passionate about helping you relieve your back pain, improve your health and feel great!