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When to See a Chiropractor

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When to See a Chiropractor

Chiropractors have had extensive training and education in human anatomy and physiology. They are familiar with nerve function, muscle function and anatomy and how they all relate to one another. Adjustment of the spinal bones, or vertebrae, are a big part of what a chiropractor does. They also read x-rays, MRI's and CT scans when needed to help give proper treatment to patients.

The best time to see a chiropractor for back and neck pain is early on. Waiting too long to get the proper spinal adjustment can add to pain and keep a patient in pain longer than necessary. Just about everyone endures back or neck pain at some point in their lives and waiting it out doesn't help the problem.

If lifting an object improperly caused muscle pain, chiropractors can help. Adjusting the vertebrae has a direct effect on nerves that come out of the spine at particular places. Since all somatic nerves of the body emerge from the spinal column, chiropractors have learned that keeping the spine in proper alignment keeps those nerves healthy.

Falls, accidents and poor lifting techniques as well as improper ergonomics can lead to acute or chronic back and neck pain. Acute pain occurs suddenly and adjusting the back or neck early on can prevent the pain from becoming chronic, or ongoing.

When the vertebrae are not properly aligned, chiropractors refer to it as a subluxation. Correcting these subluxations with gentle maneuvers of the vertebrae reduces pressure on nerves that extend to all the parts of the body.

Chiropractors often use the aid of physical therapy, massage therapy and use of TENS units, or transcutaneous nerve stimulation to help relieve acute or chronic pain of the neck and back. The combination of modalities for treatment along with spinal manipulation maintains the health of the spine.

Treatment by a chiropractor should begin if back or neck pain has been bothersome for more than three days. Simple muscle strains and sprains may feel better in a few days, but most benefit from early intervention with chiropractic care. Adjustment of the spine restores healthy muscle and nerve function to the back and neck. Additional treatment, as determined by the chiropractor for massage, TENS, or physical therapy is advised on a case by case basis.

Like any other injury, early treatment intervention offers the best long term results. See a chiropractor about neck and back pain and see how they can help. Regular visits to the chiropractor help maintain alignment even when back or neck pain has improved. Prevention of injuries and proper care of the spine are paramount.