Chiropractic care is one of the several noninvasive options for the treatment of individuals suffering from back pain. Chiropractors’ primary function is to address problems in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems using manual therapies such as mobilization and spinal manipulation. Chiropractic care has gained increasing positive support within the medical community as an effective alternative to surgery for conditions such as lumbar herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.
Chiropractic care encompasses a comprehensive plan of manual therapy paired with exercise, nutrition, activity and ergonomic modification, and other therapeutic modalities. Chiropractors work in partnership with others healthcare professionals to ensure the best outcomes for the patient.
Chiropractors use mobilization methods to restore normal motion in the spine, which reduces pressure on spinal nerves and returns distorted reflexes to their normal state. Mobilization involves stretching and moving joints and muscles to increase the range of motion. Manual manipulation is used with abnormal vertebrae to restore function, decrease nerve irritation, and improve range of motion. Manual manipulation is particularly effective in alleviating low back pain and has clear support in this regard from data in scientific studies.
Chiropractic care of low back pain starts with an exam that includes a consultation, review of previous medical history, and a targeted physical exam, including hands-on assessment of spinal sections, x-rays, and tools to find paraspinal skin temperature variation, indicating the need for manipulation. Muscle strength and tone, and stability are also evaluated.
Once the exam is complete, the problem will be categorized as:
Based on the nature of the issue, the chiropractor will develop and initiate a treatment plan, which includes spinal manipulation, and can also involve hot and cold packs, massage, nutrition management, and therapeutic exercise. In cases of potentially serious problems, the chiropractor will consult with other specialists as necessary and refrain from performing spinal manipulation in the affected area.
If you suffer from low back pain and are interested in exploring nonsurgical therapeutic options, please contact our New Braunfels or Seguin offices.