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Pain is a warning sign.  Like the piercing sound from a smoke alarm, the alarm is not the problem.  The alarm has a cause, just like every ache or pain has a cause.  Some people choose to cover up the pain instead of correcting the cause. What is your approach?

 

The nerve rich facet joints on the back side of the spinal bone are a common cause of back pain.  If these interlocking “fingers” are not moving right, they cause painful symptoms.  The discs between the spinal bones can be a source of pain too.  These rings of fibrous tissue act as spacers, connectors and “shock absorbers” for the spine.  Trauma can cause the soft pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nerves.

Once you know the cause, you have several choices. One approach is bed rest but, research shows that prolonged bed rest can actually delay recovery and make the problem worse! Physical therapy is another option but, exercising spinal joints that are not working right is like continuing to drive you car with misaligned tires. Another choice is to numb or cover up the pain with medication. While medication can offer temporary relief, it does not correct the functional problems of affected spinal joints. The most drastic measure is surgery. A laminectomy cuts off the offending facet joints leaving the spinal cord exposed. A spinal fusion cuts out the disc tissue and immobilizes the joint.  While there are times where surgery makes sense; it is risky, expensive and often fail to significantly improve the condition.

The research is clear,chiropractic is the best treatment for low back pain”Manual-thrust manipulation provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain compared with usual medical care. 94% of the manual-thrust manipulation group achieved greater than 30% reduction in pain compared with 69% of usual medical care.”
Schneider et al (2015), Spine
“Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”
Keeney et al (2012), Spine
“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”
Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

More and more people are choosing chiropractic for back pain relief.  Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function.  Better yet, chiropractic care is safe! Chiropractic is natural and looks to correct the underlying cause of the problem.

Stop trying to ignore the pain, call South Lake Spine at 352-429-9571 for an appointment today!

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