A chiropractor is a health care provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders through practices such as spine manipulation and manual adjustment. The main purpose of a chiropractor is to reduce pain and offer practical advice on health issues such as diet, exercise, and different treatment of acute back pain. Chiropractors can treat patients for a myriad of conditions some of which you would never think could be associated with the spine.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare around 70-90% of Australians will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. Also according to Global burden of disease lower back pain is the only single condition that causes disability worldwide. It’s estimated that as many as 80% people around the world will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
This article tries to explore the causes of back pain, manipulation as form of treatment, conditions that can be treated by the chiropractors, what happens during a doctor visit and also offers practical tips to avoid lower back pain. We’ve already covered some lower back pain exercises in our previous post Lower Back Pain Exercises, so check them out if you’re looking for a starting point for your exercise rehab.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
The back is composed of complex structures such as ligaments, bones, joints and muscles. Back pain is usually a result of a strained muscle, ligament, or ruptured disk . The major causes of back pain include accidents and sports, other causes can include performing everyday chores that may strain muscles or sprain ligaments. Other factors that cause or complicate back pain include; poor posture, arthritis, psychological stress and obesity. Also, lower back pain can be as a result of diseases in the internal body organs such as kidney stones, blood clots or kidney infections.
A doctor’s visit usually lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. The chiropractor discusses with you about your health history and also the goals you want to achieve after the treatment. Mostly he or she would ask you about:
2. Past illness and injuries
3. Sleep habits.
4. Mental stress
6. Use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
7. Current and past health problems.
8. Any medications you are taking
In case you have any tingling, numbness, weakness or any physical or nerve problem it’s better to tell your chiropractor. Also tell your chiropractor if you find that you have overwhelming pain that makes it hard for you to do your daily chores.
After knowing your health history and your problems, the chiropractor will perform a physical exam. This will include testing your spine mobility. They will also perform some x-rays and check your blood pressure.
Treatment usually starts the second visit. The treatment includes spinal manipulation that will be done at a special table, by the use of hands. Also, the chiropractor might perform other treatments such as massage. Chiropractic is a preferred treatment for Sub-acute back pain, neck pain and also chronic back pain.
Tips To Prevent Pain
• Maintain a healthy diet
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Maintain proper posture
• Wear comfortable low-heeled shoes
• Quit smoking and drinking
• Warm up or stretch before training.
• Avoid prolonged inactivity.
While a chiropractor can treat a variety of conditions, treatment on body parts that have the following conditions will cause more harm than good:
• Born structures
• Severe arthritis
• Joint or born infections
• Severe osteoporosis
If you’re unsure whether a visit to a chiropractor is recommended for your condition, come in and see our exercise physiologists who can not only advise you on chiropractic issues, but are expertly trained to deal with lower back pain problems. There may be safer, more effective treatments that you are unaware of so speaking to our professional team is always advised.