So many people suffer needlessly with lower back pain. There are many sources of the pain (from misaligned joints, pressure on nerves, muscle spams, sprains or strains, disc problems, to even more serious conditions including cancer) and most of the time patients go to their primary doctor who doesn’t know how to properly and thoroughly examine to determine the cause, then just prescribe a muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, or pain reliever. Not one of these medications correct the problem, they all just cover up the symptoms giving a false sense of security to the patient that they are “better.” On top of that, all patients should worry about the consequences and side effects of these pills and possibly doing further damage to the back by doing more activities and exercise because they think the back is fine.
Just imagine if you went to the dentist and had a painful cavity. The dentist says to you, “Oh, it’s just a cavity, we’ll shoot it with novacaine and you won’t feel the pain anymore.” Would this be fine with you? You will not feel the pain, but the cavity will still be there. Do you think that just because there is no more pain that the cavity is better? Do you think that a non painful cavity due to a drug covering up the symptom is going to get better or worse over time? I think you know the answer is that the cavity will further decay and be more of a problem down the road.
As a practicing chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I see many patients who are experiencing low back pain. One of the most missed causes of the back pain are dysfunctions of the Sacroiliac joints or SI joints. These joints are at the base of the spine where the sacrum sits on he foundation of the pelvic bones. The pain at the SI joints can be caused by difference in leg length, pain or dysfunction of the ankles, feet, knees, hips and dropped arches. Pregnancy can be another cause of SI joint pain because the body is producing hormones that cause ligament laxity, therefore allowing excessive SI joint movement which strains the supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments.
According to a current study, chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to correct sacroiliac pain. 32 women who were experiencing SI joint pain were adjusted one time by a chiropractor. All of the patients reported significant reduction of pain at 48 hours and one month follow ups. This is due to the corrective nature of the chiropractic adjustment…all without medications and their harmful side effects.
This is just one of many studies that further prove chiropractic’s powerful, drug-free way to correct musculoskeletal conditions.
If you or somebody you know has been suffering with back pain, make sure you let a chiropractor do a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of the pain. Once we determine the actual cause, we can start a chiropractic treatment plan that corrects the imbalances and allow you to not only be pain free but you can enjoy your normal daily activities once again and prevent further problems in the future. I have been helping patients in Freehold and the surrounding communities of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville and other towns in Monmouth and Ocean County in New Jersey.
Kamali, Fahimeh and Esmaeil Shokri. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2012; 16: 29-35.