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Who should you see first for lower back pain, a surgeon or a chiropractor?

May 3, 2022 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Worldwide, LBP affects approximately 84% of the general population, so eventually almost EVERYONE will have lower back pain that requires treatment!

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Typically, spinal surgery SHOULD be the last resort, but we now know that is not always practiced. 

IF a patient has had more than one surgery and still has pain, the term “failed back syndrome” is applied and carries many symptoms and disability. Again, to NOT utilize chiropractic post-surgically seems almost as foolish as not utilizing it pre-surgically! For low back pain, clinical guidelines have included spinal manipulative therapy—the primary form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic—since the mid-1970s. Click the link below to see what the NIH has to say about back pain and chiropractic.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15477432/

In addition to manual therapies, like spinal manipulation, to reduce pain and improve function in the low back, doctors of chiropractic will also look for dysfunction in associated areas of the body that commonly co-occur (or even contribute) to low back pain. For example, individuals with tight hamstrings may be more likely to develop back pain, and issues in the hip are often present in low back pain patients. Patients will also be encouraged to stay or become active and to engage in home-based exercises to strengthen the muscles in the low back.

So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx 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, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back and who in my area can refer me?”

Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional around you.

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for back pain here: 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32749874/

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off 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 or if you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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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.

Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need.

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