Back pain is a very common medical complaint among both men and women, and it gets even more common as we get older. There are lots of things that can cause back pain, but no matter what the underlying cause, most physicians treat the painful symptoms by prescribing some type of pain medication. In most cases, medication can help relieve pain and other related symptoms. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right solution for persistent back pain. In fact, taking medication for a long period of time could wind up making your back problem worse.
The problem with long-term medicationWhen you’re prescribed medication for pain, your first thought is probably something like, “Finally! No more back pain!” But here’s the problem with taking medicine for chronic pain: It just treats your symptoms; it doesn’t address the condition that’s causing your pain. And what’s worse, by suppressing or masking your symptoms, that underlying condition could actually become much worse.
Back pain is a clear signal from your body that something’s not right with some part of your back. Many types of back pain are caused by nerve problems or problems that occur when the spine is out of alignment. When you take medication to block the signals your body is sending, you could wind up with permanent nerve damage or another type of disability.
Plus, when you take pain medication for a long period of time, your body can get used to it, and you could wind up becoming dependent on the medicine. Even when dependency doesn’t occur, prolonged use of many types of pain medication can cause other problems, including problems with your gastrointestinal tract or liver damage.
Chiropractic: A natural optionYour body has an amazing ability to heal itself, but taking a lot of medication can interfere with your body’s this ability, especially when that’s all you’re doing to improve your health. Chiropractic care takes a different approach to pain management. The chiropractors at Modern Concepts and Revive Chiropractic use an array of specialized techniques like spinal adjustments, physical therapy, traction, and massage to stimulate natural healing processes while also addressing the root cause of your pain.
A lot of chronic back pain is caused by nerve compression or irritation in or near your spine. Your nerves are responsible for transmitting messages and sensations to your brain via nerve pathways. When a nerve is compressed, it interferes with the normal signaling processes, triggering sensations of pain, aching, and other symptoms. Chiropractors help relieve nerve compression with spinal adjustments, using gentle, focused movements to gently coax discs and other structures back into their proper positions. Adjustments are often used in conjunction with other treatments, like massage or traction, to promote circulation in the area of injury, providing injured tissues with the oxygen and nutrients they need for optimal healing.
Another benefit of chiropractic care for chronic back pain: Every treatment plan is customized for each patient’s individual needs. Sure, medications can be adjusted by dose, but each medication does the same thing. With chiropractic care, treatments can be combined to address very specific problems. Having a completely responsive and customizable treatment plan means your treatment can change as your medical condition and treatment objectives change. That’s a powerful way to make sure you enjoy the best possible results from your care.
And finally, Modern Concepts and Revive Chiropractic offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program designed to improve strength, flexibility, and function through therapeutic exercise, stretching, and more. Rehabilitation doesn't just help you feel better and move better -- it can help prevent future injuries too.
Get relief for your chronic back painDon't let chronic back pain take a toll on your quality of life. At Modern Concepts and Revive Chiropractic, we can tailor a natural program of healing that's specifically for your needs so you can start feeling better fast. To learn more about treatment options that can help relieve your painful symptoms, book an appointment online today.