Before a doctor can begin treating back pain, he or she may do tests to diagnose what is causing your problem. Unless you are totally immobilized from a back injury, your doctor probably will test your range of motion and nerve function and touch your body to locate the area of discomfort.
Blood and urine tests will make sure the pain is not caused by an infection or other systemic problem. X-rays are useful in pinpointing broken bones or other skeletal defects. To analyze soft-tissue damage such...
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:
Health insurance coverage varies for this type of treatment, so it's wise
to check, before starting treatment, to find out whether your practitioner of
choice is covered.
Low Back Pain
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
March 1, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 01, 2011
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