Many of us experience back and neck pain. But when is it the right time to see a chiropractor for a diagnosis or treatment? And can they really help? The answer is yes. Chiropractors have been around for more than a hundred years and are licensed doctors who are required to pass a series of 4 national board exams and are regulated by state licensing boards. They are medical professionals who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders.
A chiropractor can use many different techniques to relieve pain, including applied pressure, massage, and hands-on manipulation (adjustment) of the vertebrae and joints. Chiropractors don’t prescribe medications, but they do recommend such things as therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help the body heal itself.
Chiropractors treat many conditions including:
Trauma, such as whiplash
Bursitis and tendonitis
Spinal arthritis (spondylosis)
With the opioid crisis, more people are refusing to take pain medication for fear of addiction. Americans are looking for options to not only reduce their pain but correct what is causing the pain to begin with. Chiropractors look for the root cause of pain – medications only improve the symptoms for a short time.
Unfortunately, opioids contribute to a lower quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain. Choosing a chiropractor over opioids not only has long-term advantages, but it can eliminate the risk of other problems and side effects that you may develop.