How Chiropractic Care Can Help You This Year
Painful joints and back pain are two of the most common complaints that bring people to the doctor. Chronic musculoskeletal pain from arthritis, a sports injury, a car accident, or scoliosis can be debilitating and change your quality of life from good to poor. Back pain ranks as the No. 1 reason people claim disability and are unable to perform the type of work they’re used to doing.
While over-the-counter pain relievers or opioids provide a temporary solution, they’re not meant for long-term use. When you use pain relievers long-term, you put yourself at risk for kidney or liver damage, and opioids have caused one of the nation’s top health crises — addiction. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, doesn’t involve prescription drugs — or surgery.
Focus on the whole body
The central focus of chiropractic care is the musculoskeletal system; it affects your whole body. Our chiropractors at Paragon Physical Medicine specialize in treating the following painful conditions to provide you with pain relief and healing:
• Neck pain
• Back pain
Any of the above conditions can have a wide range of causes:
• Degenerating or herniated spinal discs
• Arthritis, degenerative joint disease
• Sports injuries
• Strained muscles
• Pinched nerve
• Vehicle accidents
• Fracture from osteoporosis
• Bone slipping out of place (spondylolisthesis)
Your spine, supporting much of your musculoskeletal structure, can come out of alignment from any of the above conditions. Chiropractic care brings your body back into alignment, with special focus on spinal alignment to relieve pain.
Research supports chiropractic care. The federal agency for health care research recommends spinal manipulation as a “safe and effective” form of professional treatment for back pain in adults. Surgery should be an option of last resort.
Common chiropractic care treatments to relieve pain
At Paragon Physical Medicine, your chiropractor reviews relevant tests such as X-rays and MRIs and manually examines the areas where your pain is located. They then discuss the results of the tests and explain how the chiropractic care strategies work.
Common treatments include manual spinal manipulation, spinal manipulation using a special technique called Cox® flexion distraction, disc decompression, strengthening exercises to rehabilitate muscles, tendons, and joints and relieve spinal discs, and other therapies.
Cox flexion distraction
Perhaps you have degenerative arthritis in your spine, either from age or the trauma of an accident. The Cox flexion distraction technique opens up space between your spinal discs and lessens pressure on joints in your spine, thus helping relieve pain.
You lie face down, remaining clothed, on a special chiropractic table. Your chiropractor controls the movement of the table to create gentle range-of-motion movements in your spine. This spinal manipulation technique also helps to smooth out tight, stiff areas on your back due to spinal misalignment.
If your back pain is a result of ruptured or bulging spinal discs, your chiropractor may use disc decompression to stretch your spine and relieve pressure on the nerves and joints. You lie on a special table controlled by a computer with harnesses around your body (typically, the pelvis and trunk). Your chiropractor or technician then programs the machine to gently to stretch the discs. The treatment is specifically targeted to your pain.
Chiropractors also use other passive modalities to help relieve pain. Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and massage are three of several passive modalities that help to break up tight muscle tissue and knots in your neck or back.
Releasing the knots helps your tissue heal as new oxygen and blood can reach the tightened muscles once again. When oxygen and blood flow to the area, your joints aren’t as painful; they’re newly lubricated.
With active modalities, your chiropractor involves you in your treatment. Spinal manipulation helps to correct misalignment, but you also have an important role to play in reducing your pain.
Your chiropractor examines your posture, both sitting and standing. For example, many people have developed neck and back pain from bending over a computer monitor for long periods. Setting up an ergonomic environment is a must as a support to treatment, including an ergonomic chair, proper posture when sitting at the computer, and placement of your hands on the computer keyboard.
Your chiropractor prescribes key therapeutic exercises and stretches for you to do at home and explains how they will help you. Doing them regularly helps reduce discomfort. Stretching helps prevent scar tissue from developing when you’re healing from an injury.
For expert chiropractic care, call or book an appointment online with Paragon Physical Medicine.