How Chiropractic Care Relieves Back Pain
Statistics show that back pain is the single leading cause of disabilities worldwide and the most common reason for absenteeism in the workplace. While various remedies have been developed to provide back pain relief, chiropractic care is receiving increased attention. This is because it reduces the over-reliance on opioid use, eases pain, and uses more passive forms of treatment. Dr. LeFevre at Lefevre Chiropractic in Logan would like to go into a bit more detail about how chiropractic care helps relieve back pain.
How the Chiropractor Diagnoses Back Pain
We start by examining your body to determine the cause of your pain. Our chiropractor may perform a few physical and neurological exams to identify any areas of restricted movement. We will also assess how you walk, posture, and spinal alignment. If the pain is severe, we may recommend lab tests, x-rays, and MRIs to diagnose the cause.
What Chiropractic Care Entails
We may use one or a combination of techniques to relieve your pain. These techniques include:
- Spinal manipulation: This is a high-velocity, short arm thrust applied to the vertebra to improve function, restore range of motion, and minimize nerve irritability. Doctors using this method may employ the flexion-distraction technique, specific spinal manipulations, or instrument-assisted manipulation.
- Manual therapy: This involves the use of hands to stretch, rub, and massage the back muscles. The chiropractor may use techniques including therapeutic massage, instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, and resistance techniques.
- Instrument-assisted therapies: When dealing with muscle inflammation, the chiropractor may need to use various instruments. For example, we may use inferential electrical stimulation to stimulate the back muscles.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The number of sessions usually depends on the patient’s extent of pain and the recovery plan. Patients that have acute pain may need 6-12 sessions over 2-4 weeks. The initial sessions will focus on passive approaches of manual therapy to improve function and relieve pain.
Our chiropractor then proceeds to more active approaches to increase mobility and improve the patient’s quality of life. The pain often resolves within 4 weeks but if we are dealing with chronic pain, the sessions may be extended to 12 weeks.
The patient may reach a plateau during the recovery process. While it is a good sign of recovery, our chiropractor may follow up to determine the effects of withdrawing from the treatment. If the patient experiences reduced function or the pain returns, we may recommend a management regimen. For example, the patient may need 1-6 additional visits for 2-4 weeks.
Contact Our Chiropractor for Back Pain Relief in Logan, UT
Call our team at Lefevre Chiropractic today at (435) 752-4747 to schedule a consultation with our chiropractor. We will create a treatment plan that is designed to provide back pain relief and support the recovery process.