Back Pain Treatment
Back pain is among the most common pain conditions for Phoenix, AZ patients today. Dr. Hessler is a local chiropractic care provider who can get to the bottom of back pain so that it can be resolved for the long term.
What Causes Back Pain?
Accidents are one of the most common causes of back pain today. Auto accidents, trip and fall accidents, slip and fall accidents, sports accidents, and on-the-job accidents are all common reasons that patients seek help for back pain at chiropractors. There are also cases where the back pain creeps up on the patient over a long period of time. Some elderly people have disc degeneration in the spine due to the aging process. This can cause an increasing level of pain over time. Some diseases like osteoarthritis can also cause significant back pain. Congenital spine disorders such as spina bifida, vertebral stenosis, and scoliosis can also cause back pain.
How is Back Pain Treated?
Chiropractors treat back pain using non-surgical techniques that do not require the use of prescription medication. Proper spinal alignment is critical when it comes to having a healthy back, so back pain treatment typically starts with a careful hands-on evaluation of the spine. Any spinal misalignment can be corrected with gentle manipulation techniques. Because the pain and inflammation may have been present for a long time, it may take some time for the inflammation to completely resolve even after the spine is properly adjusted. To help ease discomfort during this time, the chiropractor may provider other treatments such as moist heat therapy.
How Long Does Back Pain Treatment Take?
Chiropractic appointments will typically last half an hour or less. Patients who are receiving multiple types of therapy may have slightly longer sessions. Most people will visit the chiropractor several times a week during the initial phase of treatment. Once the pain has been alleviated, patients may cut back to once a week, once every couple of weeks, or once a month. Every patient is different, so the back pain treatment plan will be different for everyone.