Did you know back pain is among the top reasons for missed work? If you’re one of the 63% of U.S. adults seeking care for neck or back pain, these are your treatment options.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers (NSAIDS such as Advil or Aleve)
- Muscle relaxants
- Topical pain reliever (creams and salves)
- Narcotics (opioids, oxycodone, hydrocodone)
NSAIDs are effective pain relievers, but when taken long-term can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. A risk even greater if you have risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking. They can also cause serious stomach bleeding.
It’s also important to remember that pain is a warning sign, and your body’s natural way of telling you that it needs attention. Think of it like the check engine light in your car. Masking pain can make it easy to ignore a real problem. Like NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, topical pain relievers, narcotics, and injections don’t address the cause of pain.
When is surgery the right choice? Spinal surgery is a serious procedure and should be considered only after all other conservative options have failed. The recovery time from spine surgery can last from 3-12 months and does not guarantee your pain will disappear completely, or that it won’t come back.
Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, effective way to treat back, neck, and joint pain. It’s also the only treatment listed above that is completely natural with few side effects. The most common side effect is mild aching or stiffness after an adjustment that typically resolves within 24 hours. Benefits to chiropractic care include decreased pain, increased range of motion, and better function. Both the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Joint Commission, an organization that accredits over 20,000 healthcare systems in the U.S., recommend a course of conservative chiropractic care prior to prescribing prescription drugs for pain.
5 ways we treat back pain in our office:
- Adjustments – a quick, controlled force applied to a restricted joint to restore normal motion.
- Soft tissue – working to relax tight muscles further increases mobility and healing.
- Exercise – healthy muscle tone helps to stabilize joints and prevent injury.
- Nutrition – what we eat dramatically impacts how we function.
- Lifestyle – we work on your posture, work place ergonomics, activity levels, eating habits, and mental health to create a holistic approach to your overall well-being.