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Orange CA Chiropractor for Lower Back Pain

Orange CA Chiropractor for Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic lower back pain treatment

Lower Back Pain is the Most Common Reason to Visit a Chiropractor

About Low Back Pain

Pain in the lower back is second in frequency only to the common cold. 90% of adults will have at least 1 week of back pain in their lifetime. Lower back pain is a leading cause of lost work productivity each year.

Low Back Pain Relief Treatments

Despite pain in the lower back being so common, finding back pain relief can be difficult. Many back pain treatments just don't work. Most low back pain comes from mechanical problems; joints, muscles, discs, nerves, etc. Treatments that do not address mechanical defects usually won't work. Medications and bed rest are two of the most common medical treatments for back pain that more times than not fail. Studies have shown muscle relaxers to be ineffective at relieving low back pain, yet is a commonly prescribed medication. Over the counter and prescription anti-inflammatories can help reduce inflammation and provide some relief, but mechanical joint pain will persist and the long term consequence of these medications is stomach bleeding, kidney and liver damage. Pain medications such as opioids can relieve pain, but addiction and overuse are rampant today.

Exercises can help back pain, but exercises alone cannot relieve back pain if it is due to misalignment or malfunction of the spinal facet joints. Generalized exercises move the entire spine as a whole and do not unlock or mobilize the individual joints that can become stuck due to strain, injuries, etc.

Chiropractic Low Back Pain Relief

Chiropractic adjustments have been proven time and again to relieve many cases of back pain because they address the underlying problem of joint malfunction. Most mainstream chiropractors also add physio therapy modalities such as heat, cold, electrical stimulation, laser, etc and exercises found in other methods of care. In other words, chiropractic treatment encompasses treatments from other disciplines but adds spinal adjustments, something only chiropractors can do. This usually results in quicker pain relief without side effects of medications.

A Chiropractor Should Be Your First Choice for Low Back Pain

Chiropractors should be the gate keeper to see for low back pain. A good Doctor of Chiropractic knows more about lower back pain than any other doctor. They are able to diagnose the cause of back pain and either make referrals to other imaging or specialists or provide treatments that have very low risk and in most cases can quickly relieve your pain when other methods have failed. This approach is very effective, safe and saves costs.

Medical vs Chiropractic Model for Low Back Pain

Studies done by Blue Cross-Blue Shield found low back pain treatment with a chiropractor performed better and at much less cost for the insurer and patient.

With the medical model a patient is seen by the MD who makes the diagnosis, then a trial of medications, if they fail then a prescription for physical therapy, if that fails another visit to the MD and then a referral for x-rays or MRI, which means a radiologist must read the images, then referral possibly to a specialist orthopedist or neurologist who often refers back to physical therapy for more trial before more invasive procedures. More invasive procedures are likely because as we said before, these treatments are usually not very effective at relieving back pain. At each step there are co-pays for the patient and evaluations by each provider which is at cost to the insurer.

Chiropractic management of lower back complaints is streamlined. The chiropractor performs an exam and makes the diagnosis, imaging such as x-ray may be referred or done onsite. The chiropractor then provides all of the treatment in one place. The outcome on average is good so no referrals are needed. This means less co-pays to the patient and much less cost to the insurance company. Of course if the case does not resolve as expected, imaging such as MRI may be referred, but by the chiropractor so no extra physician visit is needed.

Red Flags: When NOT to See a Chiropractor But Go to an Emergency Room Immediately

If you develop loss of bowel or bladder control and/or numbness, loss of sensation around your anus, that is a medical emergency. Do not go to a chiropractor or your family medical doctor, go to an ER where they can evaluate you and perform an MRI immediately. These are signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome and can be very serious. This is a condition where something, usually a massively herniated disc is cutting off nerve impulses from the lower part of your spine. A delay in proper diagnosis and treatment could result in very serious complications.

Dr Barry Marks Orange CA Chiropractor Provides Lower Back Pain Relief Treatment Call (714) 938-0575 Today for an Appointment


Chiropractic Low Back Pain Treatment

Chiropractic Low Back Pain Treatment

Chiropractic lower back pain treatment

Chiropractic treatment of lower back pain is one of the most effective, researched and safe medical procedures today.

Chiropractic treatment effective for back pain

Many studies have been done over a span of many decades proving that chiropractic back pain treatment is the most effective form of care for back pain. Research shows us that chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy (adjustments) relieves lower back pain quicker than medication and physical therapy. It is also less costly and gets injured people back on the job faster with fewer sick days.

Chiropractic therapy heavily researched and proven

Few health care disciplines have been as scrutinized as chiropractic. Going back decades when medical doctors feared competition from doctors of chiropractic in musculoskeletal conditions, organized medicine funded research projects to disprove chiropractic. The result? Most of the studies found chiropractic to be surprisingly effective! This lead to those studies being stashed away from the public. Even the department of defense prior to WWII commissioned a study and when they found chiropractors could help injured soldiers, the AMA lobbied to hide the findings. Finally, in the late 80’s the United States Supreme Court found the AMA and other medical organizations guilty of racketeering and trying to monopolize health care. Through this high court action, the public became aware of the many positive research studies about chiropractic. Of course today, there are many studies showing the positive aspects of chiropractic and how it can positively affect your health.

Chiropractic adjustments are safe

The treatment your chiropractic provides is one of the safest procedures available. Your chance of having a serious side effect as the direct result of chiropractic treatment is one in many millions. This has been proven in insurance company statistics. This is why chiropractors pay very little for malpractice insurance when compared to other medical providers. Chiropractic is safer than taking an over the counter pain reliever: every year at least 20,000 Americans die from taking over the counter Tylenol. That does not count prescriptions and does not count other drugs such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc. Chiropractic is safer than driving your car. You have a one in four chance of serious injury just driving to see your chiropractor!

Low back pain treatments by chiropractors begins with a thorough evaluation of your health, risk factors and a specialized examination that encompasses what a general medical doctor, orthopedist AND a neurologist would perform, PLUS a chiropractic spinal examination. X-rays are often used to find underlying pathology like fractures, tumors, etc as well as the overall health and condition of your spine, alignment, etc.

Actual treatments are usually painless and can include physiotherapy modalities such as heat, ice, stretching, electrical stimulation, cold laser and of course chiropractic spinal adjustments. Care is designed to remove interference from the nerves, unlock painful joints, and reduce inflammation and muscle spasm. Depending on the severity of your condition, it can take from a couple of visits to a few months to relieve back pain. Treatment is given at close intervals with 1-2 days between successive sessions to alleviate inflammation and pain as soon as possible. Unlike taking drugs and “wait and see” style of medical care, chiropractors are more assertive with care to rid you of your pain more quickly.

Orange County chiropractic low back pain treatment by Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor is the most effective, researched and safe medical procedure available to you.

Call Dr Marks today for an evaluation at (714) 938-0575 and see if he can relieve your low back problem like he has for thousands of your Orange County, California neighbors.

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575

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