When the chiropractor meets a new patient who suffers from back pain, they will start with having an in-depth discussion about the pain. The chiropractor will need to know exactly where the pain happens, whether the pain ever shoots down the legs, how long the pain usually lasts, whether it's a dull or a sharp type of pain, and a rating of the pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Once the chiropractor has a good idea of what the patient is dealing with, he will typically perform a gentle exam of the spine. This exam generally includes both the cervical spine and the lumbar spine, as both can have an impact on back pain. In some cases, an x-ray may be needed. The x-ray can help the chiropractor see the spine more clearly. An MRI may be ordered in cases where there is clearly soft tissue damage that needs to be seen in more detail.
There are a number of possible reasons for back pain today. For many people, the back pain is the result of years of poor posture. For others, it may be something that develops over the years as the discs start to deteriorate. People who are in accidents often end up with back pain because the sudden impact in the accident causes the spine to move out of alignment. People who are overweight and women who are pregnant often have back pain, especially lower back pain, because the extra weight puts a major burden on the spine.
The chiropractor will need to know about any back pain solutions that the patient has already tried. Many people have already been to a doctor and tried pain relief medication by the time they arrive at the chiropractor's office. The pain medication may have worked for a few hours at a time, but most people want long term relief. This is something that chiropractics can provide!
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