Have you ever experienced—or are currently experiencing—back pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Lower back pain is prevalent in the United States, with nearly 31 million different people afflicted by the condition at any given time. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons why employees miss work.
Most of the time, the pain is only bad enough to steal your focus away from work or school. In some cases, however, back pain can be so severe that it completely limits your ability to perform everyday tasks, or even leave someone bedridden for a day or two.
Regardless of the intensity of the back pain, most people opt to take pain medication. However, many people who experience chronic back pain often find themselves building up a resistance to these painkillers, a dangerous side-effect of frequent use as it opens the door for an overdose. In some cases, patients undergo expensive back surgery, which is a hit or miss at relieving back pain.
Due to the dangers of the frequent use of pain medication, several experts claim that people should seek alternative methods for back pain treatment before proceeding with more conventional medical solutions. One of the most common treatment methods suggested is chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care focuses on resolving problems of the musculoskeletal system by realigning the bones and muscles, a process known as “adjustments”. This is done with the belief that misaligned bones and muscles reduce the ability of the body to repair the everyday wear and tear it is subjected to. These adjustments aren’t as painful as they sound, with many people claiming that adjustments made by a skilled Fort Wayne chiropractor like Dr. Kim Keys Lenhart and Dr. Kraig Keys of Keys Chiropractic are virtually painless, and oddly relaxing.
At first, chiropractic care may sound too good to be true, but those who have experienced treatment firsthand swear by it and turn to chiropractic care again for other pain-related conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and plantar fasciitis. Several scientific studies, including a recent one by the medical journal Spine, also support the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
The next time you find yourself struggling with back pain, put down the painkillers and try consulting a chiropractor in Fort Wayne, like Dr. Kraig C. Keys and Dr. Kim Keys Lenhart of Keys Chiropractic first. On top of effective treatment, an experienced chiropractor can also help you identify possible causes of your pain, allowing you to avoid them and stay pain-free for longer periods of time.
(Source: JAMA recommends chiropractic as first means of back pain treatment; Fox 2 News; July 14, 2014)