Chiropractic treatment is one of the most popular alternatives to back surgery for back pain treatment. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), many people receive chiropractic treatment for back pain relief.
What Is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic is a health care profession focusing on nonsurgical treatments of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractic treatments are often used to treat neuromusculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, pain in the joints, and headaches. The main purposes of chiropractic treatments are to relieve pain and to improve the body’s physical function. Chiropractic treatments or chiropractic services are generally provided by doctors of chiropractic, commonly known as chiropractors, at their offices. Other health care professionals such as physical therapists may also offer chiropractic services.
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Work?
Chiropractic treatment for back pain is often called chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation. During a chiropractic procedure, a chiropractor typically uses controlled forces to manually manipulate the spine to relieve pain and restore or enhance the spine’s function. You may hear a popping or cracking noise during a chiropractic procedure. Chiropractic treatments normally require a patient to visit the chiropractor a number of times.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
Chiropractic treatment is generally safe for treating neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain. Like any other treatment, chiropractic treatment, however, is associated with certain risks. If performed improperly, chiropractic treatments could cause side effects such as headaches, fatigue, or discomfort in the treated area. Rare but serious side effects may also include herniated discs, compressed nerves, or stroke. So if you are interested in using chiropractic treatments or chiropractic services to relieve your back pain, make sure you find a chiropractor who is properly trained and has extensive experience in treating back pain.
Keep in mind that chiropractic treatment is not for everyone. Do not undergo chiropractic treatment if you have osteoporosis or symptoms of nerve injury such as numbness or tingling. If you recently had spinal surgery, check with your surgeon before you receive any chiropractic treatments or chiropractic services.
How Do I Find a Good Chiropractor?
According to ACA, the best way to choose a chiropractor is to get a referral from a friend, family member, colleague, or your health care provider. You may also use ACA’s Web site (www.acatoday.org/DocSearch) to find a chiropractor in your area.