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Chiropractic - Your Low Back Pain Answer?

Mar 19, 2008
Should you consider seeing a chiropractor for your low back pain? More importantly, should you consider seeing a chiropractor for your low back pain first? That is, before you go see your general practitioner, before you're prescribed medications, and more importantly, before you get started on a course of treatment that can only end in surgery if you don't get the right results?

For many people, seeing a chiropractor is their absolutely last choice. They've gone through every other treatment, nothing has worked to their satisfaction, and some even have surgery already scheduled before considering a visit to the chiropractor.

Once they make this decision, their back pain has been present for years, has already lead to many prescriptions and their condition has degenerated to the point that their chiropractic treatments will have less of a chance of success.

Calling the plumber when the leak has just started or is small is much more effective than calling him once your house is three feet deep in water!

Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can still get great results. Low back pain is the most common reason why patients visit a chiropractor, ahead of headaches and neck pain.

While not the only thing chiropractic can help, it has been the condition that has been the most researched, the most successful, and has been show to be both cost-effective and most importantly, very effective in relieving the pain.

Still, why wait? Why go through months of medications, maybe some therapy, get injections, and then get scheduled for surgery before considering your other options?

Unfortunately, this is the nature of our current health care system. Most people don't realize that their insurance will likely cover chiropractic care. They don't realize what a chiropractor does or even our high success rate with low back pain.

They also hope that their low back pain is a minor problem, something will just go away with a pill and some rest. Before they know it, they've been dealing with their problem for years and it's only getting worse.

Visiting a chiropractor crosses their mind, but maybe they don't know who to go see. It's easier to go to their regular doctor and hope for the best.

Sometimes the initial recommendation of rest and a stronger version of an over the counter medication does the trick. The pain is gone and they're able to resume their normal activities.

More often, though, this type of "patch" treatment only covers up the pain while the underlying structural problem is still present. Returning to your normal activities with the pain covered up only serves to making the problem worse as time goes on.

These types of problems will generally return again and again, each time a little bit worse and lasting a little bit longer until the treatments of the past no longer do any good.

Seeing a chiropractor while the problem is new will save a lot of time, trouble, and pain for those that are willing to let us take a look at the early stages.

Your spine will have a much greater chance of success when the spinal disc is healthier and before degeneration begins to set in.

If you are regularly taking over the counter medications to deal with back pain, now is the time to take action and see a chiropractor. While you may be able to "get through your day" right now, the effects of long term medication use and worse, letting the problem continue to get worse will only make your recovery harder as time goes by.

Consider seeing a chiropractor for your back pain first and get to the core of your problem.
About the Author
Dr. Philip Cordova is a chiropractor in Houston, Texas. More information about this Houston Chiropractor can be found on his website at http://www.MyHoustonChiropractor.com
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