If someone is looking for a non-invasive way to treat low back pain, chiropractic work may be an option. Chiropractors believe that the body’s overall health is supported by a well-aligned, properly functioning vertebral column. If the vertebrae, spinal nerves, or intervertebral discs are damaged, weakened, or forced out of place, ailments like depression, pain, infection, or disease may be the result.
Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons that people undergo chiropractic work, especially since sciatica – the neural compression of the sciatic nerve due to herniated, bulging, or otherwise damaged discs – is such a common complaint. Just as you would choose your medical doctor with care and precision, so too should you explore the qualifications and background of your chiropractor.
Choosing a Chiropractor
Below are a few ways that you can make sure you choose the best chiropractor to help you achieve lower back pain relief:
- Ask friends, family members, and co-workers if they’ve ever been to a chiropractor. Who do they recommend? Who do they not recommend? Did they find chiropractic work beneficial?
- Do your own research. Look online for local chiropractors. Are there patient reviews? Testimonials? Have they been rated by any national chiropractic associations?
- Once you narrow your search down to a few practitioners, look at their background and training. What certifications have they received? Many chiropractors will even offer free initial consultations.
If you do decide to treat your low back pain with chiropractic work, make sure that you fully explain your symptoms to the practitioner. Be clear about the location, nature, and severity of your pain. This can be performed in conjunction with other forms of conservative treatment, such as pain medication, steroid injections, or mild exercises for low back pain. Discontinue your chiropractic therapy if you find that your back pain is worsening.
Alternative Treatments for Low Back Pain
Although holistic remedies have been successfully used to treat back and neck pain, these therapies will not prove effective for every individual. If this is the case, consult your physician about more reliable alternatives.
Laser Spine Institute (LSI) is at the forefront of endoscopic technology, which involves gentle, laser-assisted procedures that are minimally invasive and are performed on an outpatient basis. Not only do our procedures pose fewer risks than traditional open spine surgeries, but they also offer shorter recovery periods. Contact LSI today for a review of your MRI or CT scan, completely free of charge.