Chiropractors focus on providing their patients with nonsurgical treatment. Their area of specialty is the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. They help patients by manipulating the musculoskeletal system as well as surrounding structures.
Helping Patients with a Herniated Disc
There have been many studies published that show the benefits of chiropractic treatment, especially when it comes to treating lower back pain. One of the primary sources of lower back pain in adults is a herniated disc. A herniated disc can also cause pain in the neck as well is pain that radiates to the legs and through the arms.
Treating Back Pain with an Unspecified Source
Some patients come into the chiropractor’s office with a clear injury. This allows the chiropractor to adjust their treatment to match the specific needs of their patients. However, many patients will visit the chiropractor with lower back pain but have no idea where it’s coming from. An examination may not reveal a specific reason for their chronic low back pain. In these circumstances, the outcome of the chiropractic care is enhanced by the patient returning to the chiropractor frequently and receiving maintenance spinal manipulation.
The Benefits of Manipulation and Mobilization
The core of chiropractic treatment can be summed up in two procedures. They are spinal/manual manipulation and mobilization.
Manual manipulation uses a mixture of high velocity arm thrust and short lever arm thrust. The purpose of this manipulation is to improve functionality and restore range of motion. Using this technique, abnormal vertebrae are moved back into proper alignment. The result is a reduction in nerve irritability and a decrease in pain. Most individuals refer to this treatment as a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic mobilization does not have the same velocity or intensity as a chiropractic adjustment. Its purpose is to use a low velocity manipulation to stretch tight muscles and joints. The purpose is to increase range of motion in the area.
A Treatment Program Based on the Patient’s Pain
Chiropractors will create their plan based on the pain level of their patient. Obviously, they do not want to do anything that is going to increase the discomfort that their patient is experiencing. Additionally, chiropractors will look at range of motion issues affecting a patient in determining the best treatment option for their pain.
The primary goal of a chiropractor is to treat back pain before it becomes chronic. To this end, they often encourage their patients to take an active role in their own rehabilitation. They will encourage patients to make ergonomic modifications in the way that they sit at work, the way that they walk, and the way they go about other activities. They may actually request patients to modify their level of activity, either increasing or decreasing it based on the pain they are experiencing.
It is natural for patients to experience some discomfort after receiving a chiropractic adjustment. The most common reaction following an adjustment is muscle soreness. In most cases, the discomfort only last 24 hours.
Millions of people around the world have benefited from visiting a chiropractor. They have experienced increased mobility and a drastic reduction in pain. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, Apponaug Chiropractic Center can help. Led by Dr. Christopher Caliri, our team will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Contact Apponaug Chiropractic Center today to schedule your consultation.