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Pain Management FAQ
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica or other recurring pain conditions, understanding your different treatment options can be confusing. On the one hand, there are pain medications that promise instant relief. But once the drugs wear off, the pain returns. Surgery is another option; however, invasive back surgery is not always successful and can sometimes leave patients with even more pain than when they started. The good news is that drug-free, non-invasive treatments like chiropractic care really can make a difference when it comes to successfully managing your pain.
Learn How Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage Your Pain
Below, our chiropractor answers five of the most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care and pain management:
At Lynch Chiropractic Center, our chiropractor has experience providing pain management for a variety of health conditions including back and neck ailments, sciatica, scoliosis, whiplash, herniated and bulging discs, recurring headache pain and chronic migraines. This pain may be triggered by a variety of different causes ranging from auto accident injuries (e.g., whiplash) to repetitive motion injuries (e.g., tennis elbow).
Chiropractic care is an effective pain management option because these treatments provide both immediate pain relief while also addressing the underlying triggers for injury pain. In many cases of chronic pain, a spinal misalignment is compressing nearby nerves, triggering this recurring pain. Chiropractic adjustments restore correct alignment to the spine, which provides long-term pain relief.
The spine is the body’s foundation; when it is out of alignment, acute and chronic back pain and neck pain may occur. Additionally, a misaligned spine places stress and pressure on the nearby nerves, ligaments and soft tissues. Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations (misalignments) in the spine, relieving this pressure and providing long-term pain relief.
Our chiropractor understands that everyone experiences pain differently. That’s why he creates personalized treatment programs that are designed to address your individual pain management needs. During the first appointment our chiropractor will conduct comprehensive diagnostic exams to determine the precise triggers for your pain. Once these triggers are identified, he will create your custom pain management program. These programs combine chiropractic adjustments with physiotherapy, corrective exercise and nutrition. We find that this integrated approach to whole body health delivers the best results for our patients.
Depending on the extent and severity of your pain, you may experience immediate relief after just one adjustment. Most patients, however benefit from multiple adjustments, which are essential to fully correcting the spinal misalignment. The course of treatment and recommended treatment schedule varies from patient to patient. Some individuals may only need a few months of care. Others may benefit from ongoing care for several years to best manage their pain and ensure that the spine continues to function normally.