Studies have shown that eight out of ten people will experience back pain at some point in their life.  The pain can keep them from work, school or any activities they have.  If chiropractic is not the care you need your chiropractor will make a referral.


People who have one or more of the following should see a chiropractor:


*      Motor Vehicle Accident

*      Work related injuries

*      Poor posture

*      Stress from daily living

*      Sports related injuries

*      Sprains

*      Improper lifting

*      Arthritis

*      Injuries from falls

*      Some strain caused from the delivery of children


Small changes from these can cause pain and interfere with your normal daily activities.  The pain is caused as a result of the pressure being put on the joints, muscles, and nerves.


Some common symptoms you may have are:


*      Leg pain with numbing, tingling, and/or weakness

*      Back or leg pain when coughing or sneezing

*      Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time

*      Morning stiffness that decreases as you move around

*      Frequent headaches--People tend to think that headaches are part of the normal life.  This is not so, a headache is a sign that something has gone wrong.  You may get a headache for many reasons; among the types is tension, cluster, not drinking enough water, or migraine.  When your spine is misaligned it puts pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that lead to the head and can cause throbbing headaches.  Medication may relieve the pain and pressure but does not take care of the problem causing it.

*      Pain in hips, buttock, thigh, knee or foot

*      Unable to turn or bend to either side equally

*      Posture unbalance (head, neck, or shoulder higher on one side)

*      Pain preventing you from sleeping well

*      Pain which persists or worsens after 48 hours                     


Chiropractors may also use massage therapy, ultrasound therapy or other therapies to treat your back problems.



There are three levels of care which decide how often you should see a chiropractor:

*      Relief care:  for immediate pain, you may only need one visit or several visits over a short period of time.

*      Corrective care:  for long term spinal problems.  Requires a longer more complicated time of care due to problems being present for some time.

*      Supportive/maintenance care:  for treatments that are required only about once a month to keep the spine working properly.  Usually comes after relief care and corrective care.