Since it’s estimated that nearly half the population will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, many people assume that this often-crippling affliction is something they will just have to live with. Others have tried “everything,” from massage, to heat, to pain drugs, even surgery, with little or no relief, and again think their condition is hopeless.
The chiropractic physicians at The Medical Group of South Florida often see patients who tell us they came to us “as a last resort,” when in fact we should have been their first resort.
Some 18 million people in this country have received chiropractic care, and according to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), among those who had used chiropractic for back pain, 66% reported “great benefit” from the treatments they received. Another cohort study in 2012 found that 42.7% of those who saw a surgeon first for their low-back pain went on to have surgery, as opposed to the 1.5% who consulted a chiropractor first.
Chiropractic has become even more popular in the wake of the nation’s opioid crisis. A 2017 update to the American College of Physicians Guidelines (ACPG) recommends a conservative approach to the treatment of low-back pain versus the use of drug therapy as a first response. In addition, a 2007 study found that such invasive treatments as surgery could produce long-term adverse effects in those suffering from back pain.
Chiropractic is a health-care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure and its efficient functioning. It offers a hands-on, surgery- and drug-free approach to pain management and recovery.
Common conditions that we treat include chronic pain in neck and shoulders, upper or lower back pain, chronic pain in joints and muscles, as well as pain resulting from accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Patients also consult us in connection with pain from osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
In addition to the spinal manipulation for which we are best known, we may employ other treatments, approaches, and therapies such as heat and ice, electrical stimulation, relaxation techniques, rehabilitative and general exercises, and dietary supplements. We also provide counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors that may be influencing or even prolonging your pain.
When you visit us, we will take a complete medical history, perform a clinical examination, laboratory testing, and diagnostic imaging, and consult with the other outstanding physicians here at MGSFL whom you may have seen, or may see, as part of the comprehensive care we offer.
So when should you see a chiropractor? Whenever you are experiencing acute or chronic pain in any of your joints, muscles, or ligaments that doesn’t respond to home remedies.