As determined upon MRI, your doctor may diagnose a condition that doesn’t warrant surgical care or injection. These conditions can respond to a well-designed course of physical therapy and/or chiropractic manipulation.
Chiropractic care includes spinal manipulation and non-manipulative therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation, massage therapy, and ultrasound.
When is chiropractic care a treatment option for you?
If your spine is stable
If you are experiencing recent neurological symptoms (less than three months), e.g. numbness, pain, or weakness in the arms or legs
If you have soft tissue strains and sprains
For conditions such as benign low back pain, whiplash, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, facet joint syndrome
When is chiropractic care not recommended?
If you are experiencing spinal instability
For symptoms of numbness, pain, or weakness in the arms or legs which persist longer than three months following a course of conservative treatment
For conditions such as spondylolisthesis, severe abnormal spinal curvature, severe disc herniation, certain degrees of disc degeneration
Be wary of:
Promises to cure diseases unrelated to the spine
Diagnoses of subluxated vertebrae
Excessive long-term maintenance care
Chiropractic care has a place in treatment of back and neck pain – and reputable chiropractors are partners with medical doctors to achieve successful outcomes for their patients. Be an informed consumer. Visit a chiropractor who has been recommended by an orthopedic specialist or who works with physicians in a back pain clinic. Check with a Center of Excellence near you for references.