Did you know that 8 of out 10 Canadians will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime? This pain can keep you from work, school and normal day-to-day activities. Often back pain will go away on its own after two to six months. However, if left untreated, there is an 80% chance that the back pain will return. There is no need to suffer or take the chance that your back pain will return. Early treatment from a chiropractor can offer you the relief you need and help you get on with your life.
How can you determine if you need the care of a chiropractor? Here are some symptoms that might indicate that you suffer from a back problem.
- Leg pain with numbness, tingling or weakness
- Back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing
- Difficulty standing up after sitting for a period of time
- Stiffness in the morning that decreases when you move around
- Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee or foot
- Inability to turn or bend to each side equally
- Unbalanced posture; your head neck, or shoulder may be higher on one side than the other
- Pain which prevents you from sleeping well
- Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours
Back pain can be caused by many different things; work-related injuries, sports injuries, poor posture, stress, car accidents or improper lifting. As an example, these things can cause your spine to shift from its normal position or affect your range of motion. This can result in pressure on the joints, muscles and nerves in that area.
There are different ways a chiropractor can care for your back, depending on your condition. Some patients seek immediate relief from pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, one or more visits over a short period of time may be all that is necessary. For others, their condition requires a longer process. Because these types of problems have existed over a long period of time, they often require a longer, more complex period of care. This may include a customized exercise program. Some patients choose to visit a chiropractor on a supportive or maintenance basis. These patients often “graduate” from episodes of back pain and choose to continue working with a chiropractor having adjustments once in a while. This type of care can help to optimize your spinal health.
How do I get started?
You are not required to get a referral from a medical doctor to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are primary care providers and back care specialists. This means no long wait for a medical specialist; simply contact your chiropractor directly for an appointment.
Our Burlington chiropractors treat your back pain by addressing the cause of the pain. A chiropractic adjustment can realign your spine to its proper position and improve your range of motion, allowing you to feel like yourself again. It’s simple and it works.
To find a chiropractor that is right for you, ask around. Referral from family, friends and co-workers is a good place to start. Don’t delay, make your appointment today and enjoy your life pain-free.