If you have neck, arm, leg, or back pain, you probably think treatment has to focus on those areas. However, those symptoms often stem from conditions caused partly by poor body and foot alignment. Your feet are your foundation, and a lack of proper arch support forces your body to shift its weight a certain way to compensate. This leads to problems further up the body. One way Algonquin Chiropractic Center addresses those problems at the root is with custom orthotics.
Custom orthotic shoe inserts are an effective tool to relieve pain and improve motion when treating conditions like sciatica, spinal stenosis, and low back pain. Read on to learn how custom orthotics help, and how Algonquin Chiropractic Center supplies you with orthotics designed for your specific foot shape and condition.
Chiropractic Care Can Play a Key Role in Combating the Nation’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic
Opioid Addiction, a class of prescription medications used to treat pain, now qualifies as a “national public health emergency”. Who can help us get this epidemic under control? According to research, one group that may play a leading role is chiropractors. Chiropractic care reduces the use of opioids and can help combat this epidemic—here’s how.
Learn More About the ACA’s National Chiropractic Health Month
This October, Algonquin Chiropractic Center is participating in National Chiropractic Health Month 2017! Lead by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), chiropractors across the country mark this month by sharing back injury prevention and strengthening tips. We also share the benefits of a conservative approach to back pain treatment, in line with this month’s “Back to Basics” theme.
Read on to learn more about chiropractors, their approach to pain treatment, the benefits of this approach.
Who Are Chiropractors?
A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is a qualified healthcare professional who focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems as well as how they affect overall health. Approximately 10,000 chiropractic students are currently studying in 18 nationally-accredited programs across the country. About 2,500 doctors of chiropractic enter the workforce every year, and nearly 77,000 doctors of chiropractic treat over27 million Americans annually.
The federal Medicare program and most states designate doctors of chiropractic as physician-level providers. To become a chiropractor, a chiropractic student has to complete an accredited four-year doctoral graduate school program. The curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of study in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. This is equivalent to the classroom hours required of allopathic and osteopathic doctors (MD and DO).
What Is the Chiropractic Approach to Back Pain?
Doctors of chiropractic use many methods of healthcare which you’re probably already familiar with, including examination, diagnosis, and treatment. They reject the allopathic approach’s dependence on addictive drugs and invasive surgery, and instead recommend a conservative approach to treating back pain.
First, a doctor of chiropractic will identify the root causes of the pain. This could be a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or any number of other conditions. Rather than simply medicate the symptoms away, a chiropractor inspects and understands the biomechanics of the spine to get to the root of the problem.
Once a diagnosis has been made, the doctor of chiropractic treats the condition with a conservative approach. This can include any combination of the therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments that chiropractors are trained in. Using their broad diagnostic skills, doctors of chiropractic prescribe and administer various exercises and techniques, as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
Among the different types of healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatment, doctors of chiropractic are the highest rated in terms of patient satisfaction, beating out physical therapists, primary care physicians like family doctors, and specialist physicians like neurologists and orthopedic surgeons. Why? There are two main reasons: cost and effectiveness.
The conservative approach to healthcare is cost effective. On average, low-back pain care initiated by a doctor of chiropractic costs 20% less than low-back pain care initiated by a medical doctor. A lot of this has to do with the reduced chance of surgery: 42.7% if your first point of contact is with a medical doctor or surgeon, compared to only 1.5% if your first point of contact is with a doctor of chiropractic.
However, the results you get in return are better than those you get from the medical doctor’s treatments. Chiropractic outperforms all other back pain treatments including deep-tissue massage, yoga and pilates, and both over-the-counter and prescription medications. A systematic review in 2010 revealed that most studies indicate equal or better short-term and long-term improvements in pain and function with spinal manipulation (a chiropractic technique) compared to other common methods.
So, chiropractic provides equal or better improvements to your back pain with less invasive treatments and at a lower cost. This National Chiropractic Health Month, take some time to let us educate you about what our work can do for you. Give Algonquin Chiropractic Center a call at (847) 854-2000 to speak with a doctor of chiropractic in Algonquin, IL and learn how conservative care can help you take your life back!
Every year in the US alone, $300 billion is spent on pain treatment – mostly for neck or back pain. Roughly two-thirds of the population has pursued treatment for this at some point. Luckily, today there are better options such as physical therapy and chiropractic care. Unfortunately, medical licensing laws are making these options difficult to use.
According to research by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, medical occupational licensing laws are negatively affecting the health care market. This includes the laws that require patients to see a physician before pursuing other treatments as well as laws that restrict medical professionals from performing certain tasks.
It was found that expanding the chiropractic practice, allowing them to perform other routine medical tasks, lead to an 8.6 percent increase in their income. How does this affect the patients receiving chiropractic care? Due to the legislative change, it was concluded that patients were more comfortable with the chiropractic services and the visits were about 35 percent less than before.
However, the typical US family is still choosing to see their family physician rather than a chiropractor, but why? There are a few reasons why this may be occurring. They may be happy with their physician or just complacent. Possibly they are unaware of alternative health care options. Or perhaps it is because physicians hold the power to terminate access to their competitors due to their position on medical licensing boards.
What is the big deal? More often, physicians prescribe invasive treatments like surgery and medication while chiropractors would not. Those treatments are not only more expensive but often come alongside many more health risks.
Chiropractors have not always had the authority to perform blood drawings or even discuss over-the-counter medications with patients. It wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that they earned the ability to do so. Having to seek the care of a physician prior to chiropractic visits lead to a lack of confidence and trust for chiropractic care. In the late-1970’s three states (California, Maryland and Nebraska) granted direct access to physical therapists and chiropractors without physician referral – giving patients freedom to seek alternative healthcare options. By the mid-1990’s several other states began allowing chiropractors to perform blood drawings and therefore permitting direct access for patients.
Fortunately, all states today allow patients direct access to chiropractors and physical therapists. Unfortunately, there are still many limitations such as restricting the number of visits a patient can make to a chiropractor without a physician referral.
In severe cases, surgery could be necessary or perhaps may be the only viable option. However, most often the non-invasive, less expensive treatment of chiropractic care is the best solution. Sadly, physicians hold the power over chiropractors due to their position on the state medical licensing boards.
Avoid Holiday Injuries – Tips from an Algonquin Chiropractor
It is that time of year again. Everyone is full of holiday cheer and getting out their lights to decorate their homes. According to statistics over 86% of Americans annually decorate their home and 50% of them hang lights outside their home. Climbing ladders to decorate the highest ledge can get very dangerous and it is important to take precaution.
It has been stated that in the most frequently reported holiday season’s emergency calls; 34% were from falls, 11% came in with lacerations and 10% were due to back strains. If you’re already having back pain visit an Algonquin chiropractor before you attempt any strenuous decorating. Don’t be one of the roughly 50,000 Americans that are estimated to take a trip to the emergency room this winter.
Here are 5 precautions you can take to lower the risk of injury while decking the halls this season:
1. Stretch before and after any strenuous activity to avoid pulling or straining muscles especially if you will be spending time in the cold weather.
2. Wear thick gloves to keep warm and avoid any contact you may have with sharp objects.
3. Use a harness to avoid falls when decorating out-doors as extra protection for those really high areas. Do not rely only on ladders.
4. Keep the concrete salted to avoid slipping when stepping down. Not all hard falls are from high up.
5. Use step stools when decorating in-doors. Do not skip a step and use the furniture.
As you can see all of these accidents can be avoided but they are called “accidents” for a reason. Remember to keep calm and move at a slow pace. If at any time you notice back pain call an Algonquin chiropractor and set up an appointment to get it checked out.