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Can I Be Too Injured to Get Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

Is lower back pain holding you back from living your everyday life? Have you thought about going to a chiropractor to relieve your back pain, but are not sure if they will be able to treat your pain?

In order to answer this question, you should first understand how chiropractic treatment works. Chiropractic care has helped millions of patients deal with issues such as back, neck and leg pain.

What is Chiropractic Treatment?

The main purpose of chiropractic care is to relieve pain from bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles and joints without the surgery and in most cases, without the use of painkillers. Still viewed by some as alternative medicine, chiropractic care has become the preferred choice of millions of people suffering from neck, leg and back pain. 

Back pain typically results from a traumatic event such as an injury or accident. However, it can also be an indicator of another illness or simply the result of stress or improper posture.

A chiropractic doctor will first review your medical history, followed by neurological and physical exams and possibly lab tests or other diagnostic procedures to determine the cause of your back pain. They will then use this information to determine your treatment plan.

Chiropractors typically employ hands-on spinal manipulation to treat back pain. Proper alignment of the spine often enables the body to heal without medication or surgery. Your chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to relieve pain and restore mobility to your back or neck. 

As well, your treatment plan may include a manual adjustment. In this treatment, your chiropractor will use controlled and sudden force to manipulate the joints. Most chiropractors will also recommend rehabilitation, massage and exercise as additional forms of therapy. In addition, they may recommend a change to your diet and advise you on how to eliminate some of the stressors that may be causing your back pain. 

Are There Risks With Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic care is an effective and safe treatment in most cases for acute and chronic back pain. However, those with severe osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, spinal cord compression and those who are taking blood-thinning medications are advised not to receive spinal manipulation. As well, those with a history of cancer need to get approval from their oncologist or primary care doctor before seeking chiropractic care.