Chiropractic care — overview of treatment

Chiropractors are trained specialists who use spinal manipulation and adjustments to relieve certain spine conditions and neck and back pain, as well as pain in the extremities. About 22 million 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 is a safe and effective way to readjust the spine and treat mild cases of most spine conditions without having to undergo surgery. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, consult your physician about finding treatment through chiropractic care. Your physician 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. Many people are hesitant to seek chiropractic treatment because the term “spinal manipulation” sounds more intense than the actual reality of the process. Spinal manipulation is a precise, quick adjustment during which the chiropractor will use his/her hands to move the components of the spine into alignment, decompressing the impacted nerve in your back.

Many chiropractors believe that the body is able to heal itself; their goal is to simply move all of the pieces back into the right place so the healing process can begin. Each chiropractic adjustment aims to bring mobility and health back to the spine so you can return to life without chronic neck or back pain.

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 neck (cervical spine) or the lower back (lumbar spine). 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.

The most common spine conditions treated by chiropractic care include:

Many chiropractors also include information about exercises and lifestyle changes you can do that will help alleviate your neck or back pain. Most mild spine conditions can be effectively treated by chiropractic care.

Treatment beyond chiropractic care

While most mild spine conditions can be treated by spinal manipulation, 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 offer minimally invasive surgery as a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression surgery can help mild to moderate spine conditions by decompressing the impacted nerve in the nerve roots, while our minimally invasive stabilization surgery treats more severe conditions by removing the diseased portion of the spine and inserting an implant to stabilize the spine.

All of our surgeries are performed through a small 1-inch incision in the neck or back. 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 world-class surgery centers across the country. We’ve helped over 75,000 people find relief from neck and back pain, and we are confident we can help you find pain relief so you can recapture your life.