Chiropractor Marlton NJ – Top Back Pain Care Near Me
Should You See a Chiropractor for Back Pain?
Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some point. One treatment option is chiropractic care, which often includes spinal manipulation (also called manual manipulation), exercise advice, and self-care recommendations. A review of research found that spinal manipulation can help relieve pain and improve function in people with acute low-back pain, one of the most common types of back pain.
Duke chiropractor Eugene Lewis, DC, MPH , answers questions about how chiropractic care can help.
What kinds of conditions does a chiropractor treat?
I mainly see spine-related conditions. This includes pain in the low back, called the lumbar spine, the upper back, called the thoracic spine, and the neck (cervical spine). Some of my patients have had a recent injury while others have had pain for many years. Common causes of spine pain include disc problems and muscle spasm. Many patients have leg or arm pain or headaches in addition to back or neck pain . Chiropractors often work with other parts of the body, too — knee injuries , shoulder injuries, things like that — but my main focus is on the spine.
In fact, an estimated 27 million Americans are evaluated and treated by a chiropractor each year, mostly for back pain relief, according to a 2015 National Institutes of Health report.
When can a chiropractor help with back pain?
People often want to try the kind of conservative approaches that chiropractors provide first. In fact, this is what many clinical care guidelines recommend. So before trying treatments like injections or surgery for back pain, they may want to consider things like chiropractic care, physical therapy , or acupuncture . Much of the time, back pain resolves with those kinds of treatments.
What’s the role of chiropractic care?
Some doctors refer back pain sufferers to a physical therapist right away. But many people with back pain see acupuncturists, massage therapists, or a chiropractor on their own. Experts disagree about the role of chiropractic care, and there are not many high-quality studies to consult about this approach. As a result, there are a number of questions regarding the role of chiropractic care: Should it be a routine part of initial care? Should it be reserved for people who don’t improve with other treatments? Are some people more likely to improve with chiropractic care than others?
The answers to these questions go beyond any academic debate about how good chiropractic care is.
Estimates suggest that low back pain costs up to $200 billion a year in the US (including costs of care and missed work), and it’s a leading cause of disability worldwide. With the backdrop of the opioid crisis, we badly need an effective, safe, and non-opioid alternative to treat low back pain.
What types of chiropractic treatments do you offer?
I primarily work with patients using manual manipulation. That means I’m using my hands to try to improve movement in your spine. If I can improve joint mobility in a certain area — the spine, neck, middle back, lower back, pelvis — it may reduce muscle tightness. It can also help with irritation of nerves that travel down the arm or leg, causing numbness or tingling, pain, or even changes in strength. I sometimes use other therapies as well, such as giving people exercise instructions or self-care recommendations.
Are there risks or pain associated with spinal manipulation?
Your muscles may be a little sore afterward and some patients feel a little tired. However, most of these symptoms are gone in less than 24 hours. Fortunately, complex side effects associated with manual manipulation are rare.
Also, 29 percent say chiropractic care is more effective than pain medication for those who have neck or back pain, while 22 percent preferred medication over chiropractic care.
How often do I need to see a chiropractor?
At first, I might see a patient once or twice a week. If the condition is acute, I might see the patient every day to begin. As they improve, I recommend fewer visits and start giving the patient more things to do on their own at home. I want my patients to be as independent as possible. There are patients who have chronic problems and need to come back and see me once in a while. But the great majority of patients have issues that are resolvable, and I may never need to see them again after their condition has improved.
Matthews Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation, LLC
2001 Lincoln Dr W suite b
Marlton, NJ 08053