Have you experienced lower back pain that has kept you from enjoying the quality of life you deserve? Eight out of ten adults will experience low back problems at some time in their lives. Most symptoms of low back pain are caused by injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments and joints. Low back pain can also be caused by pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal and compression fractures.
The pain caused by lower back pain can lead to patients experiencing prolonged bed rest, uncomfortable traction, heavy sedation, injections, and surgery. Luckily, Ash Chiropractic and Wellness can provide a safer, more natural approach to healing the back: Chiropractic care.
All About Chiropractors
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. Chiropractors are well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction outside the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues such as headaches, certain types of migraines, menstrual cramps, allergies, asthma, stomach disorders, spastic colon, and arm, hand, and leg pain that's due to dysfunction of the neck or lower back. Chiropractors also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
What Happens during a Chiropractic Examination?
At Ash Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Ash and his team will start with a medical history discussion then conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations. At Ash, we will spend an extensive amount of time assessing posture, examining the spine, testing reflexes, joint motion, and muscle strength. X-rays and other diagnostic images are may be used to locate vertebral dysfunction and to rule out disorders like tumors or fractures, which would require the attention of additional healthcare experts.
What Training Do Chiropractors Have?
Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.
Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Is Chiropractic Care The Right Choice?
Chiropractic care is a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. The U.S. government has taken a giant step in support of spinal manipulation. In 1994, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) published and announced its new clinical practice guideline for the treatment of acute low back problems (LBP) in adults. The guideline was developed by a multi-disciplinary team that reviewed relevant scientific research on LBP treatments. The AHCPR Guideline panel found that "for patients with acute low back symptoms without disease of the spinal nerve roots, the scientific evidence suggests spinal manipulation is effective in reducing pain and perhaps speeding recovery within the first month of symptoms." The panel goes on to recommend spinal manipulation as a first line of treatment for low back problems. Many insurance companies cover chiropractic care, and hospitals are offering access and/or staff privileges to chiropractors.
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