Fortunately, you can prevent back pain by following some basic home routines, as advised by your chiropractor. However, if you experience back pain, you should seek medical attention to prevent further complications.
For mild back pain, simple home treatments, and proper body mechanics, can help to heal your back within a few weeks. A patient will only require surgery in severe cases, however rarely.
The symptoms for back pain include muscle aches, burning or stabbing sensations, and radiating pain when you twist or bend. You can also experience pain on your back when you walk, lift a heavy object, or stand.
Most of the time, your back heals with simple home treatments. However, you should see a chiropractor if your pain:
In rare cases, back pain can be accompanied by fever, bowels, and bladder problems. If you experience such a case, contact a specialist near you immediately.
Pain on your back most of the time develops without a cause that a chiropractor can identify through imaging and other tests. However, the conditions that can lead to back pain include:
To find the root cause of the back pain, your chiropractor will physically access your back, your ability to move and sit. The specialist can also ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. The assessments will help the chiropractor identify the sites of pain and severe it is.
If the pain is suspected to be caused by more than one condition, the chiropractor might carry any of the following tests:
If the pain is a result of spine movements, the chiropractor can recommend spinal manipulation techniques. Some of the spinal manipulation techniques are more invasive than others. Chiropractic care techniques for back pain include:
Also, the specialist can teach you ways to increase your back flexibility and strengthen your muscles through physical exercise. Alternatively, the chiropractor can recommend acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
If you have severe pain that radiates to the legs and causes muscle weakness, the chiropractor might recommend surgery. However, the specialist will only recommend invasive procedures if you have specific conditions, that are are not treatable through intensive chiropractic manipulative therapies. Some of the conditions that require surgery are spinal stenosis and herniated discs.
Other procedures that chiropractors perform include: