Back pain is the second most common ailment in the US, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). In most cases, back pain is mechanical, caused by physical activities like lifting boxes or playing sports. However, it can also develop gradually for no apparent reason. Fortunately, spine specialists can alleviate back pain and improve your quality of life. Chiropractors are the primary providers of non-surgical treatments for spine and disc disorders, and studies have shown that chiropractic spine manipulation is as effective as conventional medical treatments. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend spinal manipulation as a treatment option for doctors. Chiropractic treatment is also rated the best treatment for back pain in a recent Consumer Reports Review. Chiropractors can treat more than just the spine; they also provide adjustments for extremities, including ankles, knees, hips, ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and the jaw. Chiropractic manipulation therapy can improve biomechanics and alleviate pain, muscle spasms, and swelling.
Back pain is often caused by physical and mechanical issues, and while medication can provide temporary relief, physical treatments address the root cause and prevent further injury. Chiropractors use spine manipulation to treat problematic joints and muscles that cause back pain. The manipulation is typically done by hand, but special tools can also be used to restore movement, alleviate pain, and aid the healing process. Movement is essential for quick recovery as it lubricates joints and improves blood circulation to surrounding muscle tissues. Once mobility is restored, strengthening and flexibility exercises can prevent re-injury.
Spine manipulation is safe and effective when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor. The most common side effects are minor and include temporary discomfort in the treated area.