Chiropractic treatment for low back pain

If someone is looking for a nonsurgical 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 skeleton, especially the spine. To accomplish this, a chiropractor is trained in a number of therapeutic techniques, including manual adjustment of anatomy.

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people undergo chiropractic work. Issues like herniated discs and arthritic bone spurs that cause painful nerve compression can be potentially helped with this kind of treatment. The idea is that a properly aligned spine may relieve pressure placed on nerves by these conditions.

While there is some debate about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment among the medical community, a licensed, experienced chiropractor can be an effective part of a treatment plan for low back pain. Always keep your doctor informed about any new types of treatments you seek out, including chiropractic care.

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 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.

When to consider surgery for low back pain

Many patients do find lasting relief from low back pain and a return to normal functioning without ever having to resort to surgery. However, if you have exhausted conservative options without an improvement in symptoms, your doctor or specialist may recommend it as an option.

Laser Spine Institute performs minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that uses a muscle-sparing less than 1-inch incision to access the spine. Not only do our procedures pose less risk of complication than traditional open spine surgery, but they also offer shorter recovery periods.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.