Back Pain Doctor Capitol Heights, MD
When it comes to living with lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the best option for you. Many people would prefer to avoid expensive surgeries and medication that may have serious side effects, and if this sounds like you, you should seek the help of a chiropractor to determine what the best course of treatment is for your lower back pain/ In fact, chiropractic care has been shown to not only be an effective means for treating lower back pain, but it can also help with other areas in your body you may be experiencing pain if your back is misaligned. For more information on what you can expect from your first chiropractic appointment and what methods are for helping treat patients’ back pain, please reach out to an office now.
What are the main ways the chiropractors treat back pain?
Chiropractors typically focus on two main forms of treatment to help with lower back and overall back pain. These are:
- Spinal Manipulation
Mobilization. When your chiropractor decides to treat you with chiropractic mobilization, this typically refers to a form of movement and stretching of your muscles and joints. This should help to increase your range of motion in the affected, painful area.
Spinal Manipulation. Spinal manipulation is also called a “chiropractic adjustment” and this is usually a form of high-velocity thrusts applied to a specific vertebra. With these types of manipulations, the patient and chiropractor can usually hear a very audible pop or crack. This is just a release of gas within your joints.
The Initial Examination
Many people have preconceived notions when it comes to visiting a chiropractor for the first time. They think that every appointment will likely be their chiropractor twisting their back and neck in a way that leads to loud noises. However, this is not always the case. It is best to discuss any fears you might have with your chiropractor when you go to your first appointment.
At your first exam, your chiropractor may perform some type of X-ray examination to assess what kind of damage is done in your back. They will also sit down with you to discuss your medical history and how you came to injure your back. Things they may ask specifically are:
- How long have your symptoms gone on for?
- What is your day job?
- Can you describe your symptoms?
- Does anything make the pain go away or lessen?
- Have other doctors or chiropractors tried to treat you for your pain?
It is incredibly important to be as honest as possible with your chiropractor so that they can understand your medical history and what has and has not worked for you in the past.
Can I expect to see immediate results?
This will depend from person to person. Many people do feel immediate relief after their first appointment, but the next day their pain may start coming back. It is important to discuss how often you should plan to come in for your chiropractic visits and what possible side effects there are.