Your back is important. Your spinal column protects the vital nerves that send messages from the brain to the organs of the body and back again. The spine serves as the attachment for dozens upon dozens of muscles that allow you to move. It functions as a central point from which your arms and legs function. And when you have back pain, you can feel completely debilitated.
First, the bad news.
Low back pain is among the most common of conditions, affecting over 80% of all people during their lives. In fact, low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability, and the second most common neurological complaint in the United States, after headaches. It's also the second most common reason why people visit their doctor, after colds and flus. It also tends to recur.
Most people recover from acute low back pain within 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, once the area is unstable, back pain is likely to occur again and again with increasing frequency. This can be likened to a sprained ankle: even though the ankle heals, the ligaments have been stretched beyond their normal capacity. They will never return to their pre-injurious state, meaning that you're almost guaranteed to sprain that same ankle again.
Now, the good news.
Most common back pain is the direct result of an endemic cultural preference for poor posture. In fact, this type of pain even has a name. It's called Postural Syndrome. Chiropractors have been successfully treating pain from postural abnormalities for over a hundred years. And since chiropractors are often associated with back pain, we are extremely familiar with other common types of back pain, including disc problems, spinal stenosis, sciatica, scoliosis, spondylitis, degeneration, strains and sprains, and many more.
Chiropractors have, for many years, made a name for themselves by successfully treating back pain. Medication may or may not help back pain. Muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may or may not help back pain, and do not help sciatica. Bedrest does not help back pain. Back surgeries may help initially, but they have a high failure rate and are sometimes unnecessary, though lingering post-surgical pain can be helped by chiropractic.
How We Can Help Your Back Pain
Whether your back pain is the result of years of poor posture, or whether you noticed a sudden onset of pain following an injury or sporting event, chiropractors are uniquely positioned to help. Although chiropractors do not prescribe drugs to help the pain go away, we focus on discovering the root cause of the problem in order to find a more permanent fix. Chiropractors believe that by addressing the cause of the pain, the pain itself will disappear.
Dr. Johnson is proficient in delivering gentle Activator adjustments with no twisting or bending that might aggravate your low back. The Activator adjustment has been shown to be highly effective for low back pain (both at Johnson Family Chiropractic and in research studies).
We offer state-of-the-art spinal decompression therapy, the standard for conservative and non-invasive treatment of disc problems. We also offer other therapies designed to complement the Activator adjustment: ultrasound therapy, electric stimulation of the muscles, and cold laser therapy, exercises to be performed in the comfort of your own home, soft tissue work, and some rehabilitation therapies.
Chiropractic may be the answer you seek for your back pain. Dr. Johnson's emphasis on the Activator technique also ensures you a gentle and non-aggravating adjustment during your recovery. See Dr. Johnson for a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis for your low back pain, especially if you're interested in a drug-free approach to improving your body's ability to function and relieving your pain.