When arthritis wrecks your joints or an injury causes you severe lower back pain that you can’t get rid of, you may think your only option for pain relief is to visit your physician to be prescribed narcotic pain medications. If those don’t work for you, you may even be considering surgical intervention. Why should your only options be potentially-addictive medications, painful surgery or a lifetime of aches and pains?
Although some situations may require a more invasive treatment, chronic pain in your back or joints can often be remedied by regular trips to the chiropractor. Visiting a chiropractor for pain concerns allows you to skip crowded waiting rooms, potential misdiagnoses and uncomfortable tests. If you still aren’t sure chiropractic care can help you manage your pain, continue reading to learn how regular adjustments could improve your joint and back function.
How Do Adjustments Work?
Chiropractic adjustments are therapeutic, non-surgical treatments designed to relieve back and neck pain and improve joint function. A licensed chiropractor will examine the patient’s spine and determine which vertebrae are out of alignment. Once the source of the patient’s pain is identified, the chiropractor will adjust the placement of the problem vertebrae, relieving pressure on joints, improving range of motion and relaxing the muscles used to support a spine out of alignment.
Many experience nearly instantaneous relief from their pain and a satisfying cracking sensation when being adjusted. However, some patients who struggle to relax or are having a muscle spasm may not experience the same immediate results. If the body isn’t prepared for a proper adjustment, the chiropractor may administer a massage, ice pack or electrical stimulation.
After an adjustment, patients may have temporary aches or soreness around their spine, but cold compresses can relieve this quickly.
How Do Adjustments Help Back and Joint Function?
A spine out of alignment can really throw a wrench in your everyday activities. Pain, soreness, stiffness and joint aches can keep you from functioning normally. Luckily, regular spinal adjustments can relieve these symptoms quickly without dangerous medications or invasive surgeries.
Chiropractic adjustments are intended to alleviate joint and back pain by returning the spine to its natural alignment, allowing it to properly support the body’s weight and achieve a wider range of motion. When a spine is out of alignment, however, weight cannot be properly distributed across the spine, leaving nearby muscle groups and joints burdened with the weight of your torso. These joints and muscles quickly wear down and become sore. With enough misplaced weight pushing down on your joints, the cartilage cushioning the bone can wear down, potentially leading to even more painful and costly conditions later.
Once the spine is aligned and weight is distributed as evolution intended, your joints can relax and you can enjoy improved range of motion.
Experience Relief From Joint and Back Pain at Spine Works Institute
Your spine is one of the most important components of your body. When you begin suffering from back pain, it can be difficult to cope with the negative effects it may have on your lifestyle. You don’t have to make any treatment decisions about your spine on your own, though. Instead, consult a licensed medical professional who can walk you through many potential solutions for your back pain.
At Spine Works Institute, backs are our specialty. We understand that your pain is as unique as you are. That’s why we work with every patient to determine the cause of their pain and create a personalized treatment plan to relieve discomfort fast. We’ve offered comprehensive back and neck pain management – including medication, injections, physical therapy and chiropractic care – to Dallas and Fort Worth residents from our location in Richland Hills since 2006. Contact us online or call 817-616-0700 to schedule your appointment today!