“Ever since I was in my early teens, I’ve had muscle and joint problems that would come and go but never put me down where I couldn’t function. I was very active and played basketball, tennis, and ran in track but over the last 10 years I’ve avoided a lot of activity due to my problems. Now, after having a couple of children and gaining some weight, I notice more frequent and intense back problems and I’m getting quite concerned over the changes that have been taking place and afraid to do things. I talked about this with my family and friends and some have recommended chiropractic, some recommend physical therapy, others suggest medication and one even suggested shots! Quite frankly, I’m totally confused as to what to do!”
This scenario may sound familiar to many people.
The choice of healthcare provision is a personal one, often influenced by those around you—family, friends, teachers, and more!
It seems like everyone is an “expert” with different opinions and their advice, often conflicting, can lead to confusion about what is best for you.
Addressing back issues can be approached in various ways, irrespective of the diagnosis or condition.
Initially, it's important to acknowledge that healthcare providers tend to focus on their specific expertise. If you consult with a surgeon, they will naturally view your condition through a surgical lens, discussing potential surgical options, recommending tests, and initiating the process.
When consulting a family physician, the typical approach involves pharmaceutical solutions such as anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, etc.), along with recommendations for heat or ice, activity modifications (which may include rest or mild/moderate activity), and potential referrals for chiropractic or physical therapy.
Examining different guidelines, it is advised to start with the least invasive, safest, and most cost-effective approaches initially.
Unless there are "red flags" such as cancer, fractures, infections, or progressive severe neurological losses, surgery is not a logical initial approach.
Chiropractic care is often recommended as a first or initial choice due to its proven safety, high satisfaction rates, non-invasive nature, and cost-effectiveness.
The typical chiropractic approach involves a comprehensive history and examination, including an analysis of posture, motion, and overall body function.
For instance, if one leg is shorter, it can cause the pelvis to tilt, placing strain on the spine. Correction of such issues is crucial for both immediate and long-term results.
Issues like pronated feet and flat arches can affect the ankle, knee, hip, and back during walking, potentially causing or perpetuating problems.
Deconditioning (being out of shape) is a significant consideration in chiropractic management.
If these conservative methods prove ineffective, further referrals for more invasive approaches will be contemplated.
So, if you are interested in no longer chasing your tail on the pain gerbil wheel and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up.
You may wonder, “Is There a Better Way to Address Actually Fixing the Cause of the Pain?”
Once you have experienced the frustration of simply covering over the pain temporarily, you may be more enlightened to the idea of fixing the problem and then keep it that way. Some around you say one description of such an approach is called wellness care.
Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off if we’re near you for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment. So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities.
If you feel like a gerbil on a perpetual pain wheel and you know it is negatively affecting your quality of life and keeping you from enjoying walks at Fort Myers Beach, playing golf, tennis, pickle ball or others, come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway.
If you would like to avoid getting back pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.
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