Many, many people have sought medical attention for lower back pain at some point in their lives.
It might be a common condition but that doesn’t mean the cause of the pain (or the best treatment) is always clear.
Some medical doctors recommend more rest, exercises and stretching, pain relievers, surgery or even just giving enough time for the condition to heal itself. But what about chiropractic care? After all, chiropractic doctors focus their entire careers specifically on the mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors believe such disorders can affect your nervous system and overall health – resulting in conditions like lower back pain.
Using techniques such as spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, prescribed exercises and healthy lifestyle changes, chiropractors have many different ways to relieve pain without using drugs or medication.
In this article, we’ll explore in greater depth exactly what a chiropractor does for lower back pain.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help Lower Back Pain?
Your main question is probably: “What does a chiropractor do for lower back pain?”
Well, most chiropractors try to reduce the pain and help improve patients’ functionality. They teach people how to improve their health via exercises, proper use of ergonomics or other back pain therapies.
Licensed chiropractors can make mechanical adjustments to your body, ease pain and improve spinal alignment. They know how to use these adjustments to restore movement in your joints and spine. This process is known as spinal adjustment or manipulation.
Many people find these adjustments more effective over the long term than drugs and surgery, while having the added benefit of being much safer (read our article, “Is Chiropractic Safe?” for more information on that topic).
And this isn’t just theory or some random, unproven idea. There have been many studies done showing the efficacy of these treatments. In fact, per the Harvard Medical School, spinal manipulation is considered an efficient treatment for lower back pain.
Chiropractic Examination Procedures For Lower Back Pain
Sometimes people feel hesitant when it comes to chiropractic care, but there is no need for that.
Before starting any course of care, a quality chiropractor will examine the patient very carefully and make an initial diagnosis. They’ll look over your health history to understand various past issues that could be causing lower back pain (such as fractures, sprains, neurological disorders and other complications).
Chiropractors also pay attention to the duration and the severity of your symptoms. They classify them depending on how long they are lasting and how strong they are.
Generally, laboratory tests are not required for non-specific lower back pain but your chiropractor may decide to take x-rays.
As mentioned, there are various reasons why lower back pain can occur. That is why your chiropractor has to perform such an in-depth examination before determining an appropriate treatment.
After you have been getting regular care for a period of time, it is also a best practice for your chiropractor to perform a reexamination to determine how effective the course of care has been.
How Effective is Chiropractic for Lower Back Pain?
Many people who look for chiropractic care, do it for the treatment of lower back pain. In fact, neck pain and back pain are known to be two of chiropractic care’s specialties.
According to a 2018 study from the World Health Organization, patients who chose to try chiropractic treatments reported less pain intensity, less disability and improvement in functionality. They also reported high satisfaction with their treatment and needed less pain medicine.
Also, unlike pain medications, chiropractic treatments rarely cause side effects. That makes chiropractic care a great alternative for people who have already taken heavy medications but still experience persistent pain.
Will Chiropractic Care Be Effective for You?
We are all unique and our bodies react differently to various forms of treatment. However, one of the things we hear from our long term patients at Evolve Chiropractic all the time is, “Thank you so much. My back pain is finally gone. I tried everything before coming here and nothing else worked.”
So many people suffer every day from lower back pain they don’t think could ever be relieved. If you are one of them, stop trying to put up with the pain, explore the modern chiropractic treatment methods and let them help you change your life for the better.
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