Chiropractic care — overview of treatment

Chiropractors are trained specialists who use spinal manipulation and adjustments to relieve certain spine conditions associated with neck pain, back pain and radiating symptoms. Millions of Americans visit chiropractors every year, seeking relief from chronic neck and back pain.

For many patients with spine conditions, chiropractors are the first choice in conservative treatment options. Chiropractic care can be an effective way to readjust the spine and treat symptoms of most spine conditions, especially as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, consult your doctor about finding treatment through chiropractic care. He or she will be able to determine if this is a good treatment option for you and refer you to a trusted chiropractor in your area.

Goal and purpose of chiropractic care for back pain

Chiropractors treat back pain and spine conditions through hands-on spinal manipulation. Performed correctly, spinal manipulation is a precise, quick adjustment during which the chiropractor will use his or her hands to move the components of the spine into alignment, temporarily decompressing the impacted nerve in your back.

Each chiropractic adjustment aims to bring mobility and health back to the spine and offer some relief of neck or back pain. Many chiropractors will often combine adjustment with other treatments such as therapeutic massage, nutritional counseling, inversion therapy and cryotherapy to provide holistic treatment for spine conditions.

Spine conditions treated by chiropractic care

Chiropractors treat many spine conditions and the related symptoms of spine conditions, such as pain in the extremities and migraines. Most conditions that chiropractors treat are located in the cervical (upper) or the lumbar (lower) spinal regions. This is because the cervical and lumbar spine are responsible for twisting and bending the head and body, which puts added pressure and stress on the vertebrae, discs and joints in those areas.

Common spine conditions treated by chiropractic care include:

Chiropractic care is very often part of an effective treatment plan for patients dealing with debilitating symptoms of these conditions.

Treatment beyond chiropractic care

While many spine conditions can be treated by conservative treatment such as chiropractic adjustment, some more advanced conditions may need surgical care to find pain relief and treatment. If you have a spine condition and you are not finding relief after several chiropractic appointments, you may need to consider a surgical treatment option for your neck or back pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we provide minimally invasive surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our procedures can be performed with a less than 1-inch incision through the use of muscle-sparing techniques. Unlike traditional open back surgery that requires several days in the hospital, our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers across the country. Contact us today to learn more.

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