1. Persistent Pain
A chiropractor will spend time with you to understand your unique presentation. They will ask questions, perform a physical exam, and order any necessary tests to assess your condition thoroughly. Your pain is multi-dimensional, affecting many areas of your life—and so should your treatment plan. A chiropractor can carefully craft a care plan and analyze all the postures, activities, hobbies, and underlying stressors that may be causing your chronic pain.
2. Chronic back pain
Most people associate chiropractors with low back pain. Low back pain plagues our society as one of the most common causes of disability and healthcare expenditures. Joint dysfunction in the lower back is a primary risk factor for the development & progression of low back degeneration. Fortunately, chiropractors provide research-backed treatment with spinal manipulation, exercise, and specific patient education. Many patients have reduced pain within their first visit.
3. Nagging Neck Pain
Neck pain is the second most common reason patients visit a chiropractor. Changes to daily habits, postural stresses, and workstation ergonomics are among the most common triggers for a stiff or painful neck. If neck stiffness is left untreated, a person may experience restricted joints and less range of motion. Spinal manipulation, delivered by chiropractors, has unrivaled success and safety for these types of neck pain. Manipulation, in conjunction with exercise and postural reeducation, often alleviates symptoms quickly.
Headaches affect almost half of the population. The successful management of headaches requires a multifaceted approach with spinal manipulation as a cornerstone of treatment. Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of spinal manipulation for these types of headaches. Chiropractic adjustments cuts the number of symptomatic headache days in half. Chiropractors can quickly identify the type of headache and the most appropriate treatment strategy.
5. Avoid Long-Term Opioid Dependence
Opioid prescriptions typically have one common cause—acute pain. However, most acute pain is due to musculoskeletal damage, sometimes referred to as mechanical neck and back pain. Mechanical pain does not typically respond well to a chemical solution (opioids). This ineffective treatment leads to diminished outcomes and chronic use. Opioid dependence, tolerance, and addiction often commence following an acute problem such as dental procedure, surgery, or injury.