Most low back pain tends to get better on its own within 4 to 6 weeks, regardless of how it’s treated. But if it doesn’t, it’s time to seek more specialized care.
Decades ago, most people who sought treatment for low back pain went to their primary care provider for medication and an X-ray. If their pain became intolerable, perhaps they ultimately saw an orthopedist for back surgery. But today, back pain is managed by a team of experts, each with his or her own specialty.
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If you have tight muscles or muscles that spasm, your practitioner may
first use heat, ultrasound, or electrical current to relax your muscles before
manipulating the spine.
One visit is usually enough
People who benefit from spinal
manipulation usually notice improvement after one visit. Additional visits
aren't usually needed. At most, 2 to 3 weeks of this type of
treatment is considered to be enough to treat sudden low back pain.
Spinal manipulation helps relieve short-term low back pain for many people. It doesn't work for everyone.
Most chiropractors, physical therapists, and others who do this type of treatment will work with your medical doctor to make sure you are getting the right treatment.
Although some practitioners encourage long-term spinal manipulation for
"maintenance" or "preventive" reasons, this practice has no proven
Practitioners who can do manipulation
Chiropractors are not your only choice for providing spinal
Other practitioners who can do this include: