Lower Back and the Chiropractic Lifestyle
Many research projects show conservative chiropractic care is safer and often more effective than back surgery.
The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and
position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic
adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach has been
documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients
avoid risky surgery.
Chiropractic doctors often consult with neurologists, radiologists, and
orthopedic specialists when designing care programs for patients with
Surgical treatment often involves removing these facet joints, exposing
the spinal cord. Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging disc
putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. The result
is often numbness, tingling, or pain down the leg. Cutting away the
bulging disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and
cushion the adjacent bones. This rarely addresses the underlying
structural cause(s) of the problem.
Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints,
the two interlocking “fingers” at the back of each spinal bone. The
normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough,
irritated, and inflamed.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is often used to show the extent of soft tissue damage.
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Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day.
Many factors can be responsible for low back pain. Improper sitting or
lifting, overexertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities may
contribute to the cause.
Your chiropractor is an expert at using specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve spinal function.
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and
connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the
joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its
optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor
of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may
include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations,
nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your
health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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