Finding a health care provider that can help someone suffering from low back pain can be confusing and expensive.
Confusing, because of the myriad of treatments available for lower back pain (a recent commentary article in Spine Journal noted that there are over 200 different types of treatment available to low back pain sufferers).
Expensive, because it is one of the top drivers of health care costs in Northeast Wisconsin.
Suffering from low back pain is more common that what you may be aware of. Epidemiological studies note that the "point prevalence" of low back pain is 25% which means that at any given point in time, 1 out of 4 people has low back pain.
The yearly prevalence of low back is 50%. That means that 1 out of 2 people experience back pain in a year. That is a lot of low back pain!
I tell patients that these studies indicate that it’s as "normal" or "common" to suffer from low back pain, just as it is "normal" or "common" to suffer from a toothache. When people have a toothache, they know what to do, they go to see a dentist.
Back pain sufferers are perplexed as they search for effective treatment with her condition.
People suffering from low back pain need to know that there are only a few drug-free recommendations for acute low back pain. Acute low back pain is defined as pain of fewer than 6 weeks' duration.
As a practicing chiropractor, I have found manipulation (often referred to as "adjustments") to be extremely beneficial for acute low back pain.
Current guidelines from the American College of Physicians include manipulation for treatment of acute and chronic lower back pain.
I am a skilled practitioner in spinal manipulation, with more than 36 years of clinical experience. I employ other effective interventions, which are listed below, not only for acute, but also for chronic low back pain.
Back Pain Treatments Include:
Joint manipulation and mobilization to improve mobility
Ultrasound, moist heat, ice, and interferential therapy to decrease pain, swelling, or to reduce muscle tightness
Manual muscle techniques, such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy to decrease pain and improve flexibility
Manual traction to reduce the pain of radiculopathy due to disc herniation.
Nutritional recommendations if indicated
Instruction in self-mobilizations (positioning) to decrease joint pain and to decrease pain associated with sciatica and disc herniations
Appropriate advice including posture and movement advice, activity, modification and exercise to teach you how to manage your spine health and decrease reliance on ongoing passive treatment.
I will work with your primary care provider or specialty provider to manage your condition if warranted
Referral to another specialist will be made if indicated
Typically, patients are discharged from treatment once our agreed upon goals have been reached. Patients are encouraged to return if they sustain an injury that inhibits their activities of daily living, or if they have low-level pain which does not inhibit their activities of daily living but has persisted for 3 consecutive days without responding to self-care techniques.