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How Can Chiropractic Help Chronic Lower Back Pain?

Discover What Chronic Lower Back Pain Is—And What You Can Do

According to Wikipedia: “A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months.”

In other words: the pain is always there.

Acute” low back pain is considered the first 72 hours after an injury and sub-acute low back pain is from 3 days to 3 months.

Acute pain will progress to “sub-acute” pain which can progress to chronic pain.

I see most patients in the sub-acute stage and our main goal is to not let that pain get to the chronic stage!  1 out of 7 cases will become chronic.

When a patient comes in to our office our main long term goal is to prevent that patient from becoming a chronic pain patient.

Scary Stats

Bad things happen with chronic pain, read this:

The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases reports:
Compared to 291 other health conditions, researchers at the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health in Australia, found low back pain cause more Global Disability than any other health problem studied.

Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York said, “Back pain is the number one cause of lost work days in the United States.”

One third of all work related disability is due to the low back.Suffer Lower Back Pain

Estimates are $100-200 BILLION a year is spent on low back pain (to put that in perspective, about $680 million is spent on breast cancer.)

Listen to what the “experts” in this study recommend:

“Expert” 1 – Reassurance, stay active, and analgesics (pain killers).

“Expert” 2 – Stay in shape, maintain core strength and flexibility.

(Do you think most people already know or would figure out what these “experts” are recommending?)

With all due respect to the authors, the above recommendations are only a portion of proper treatment for low back pain.  A condition that is this serious and causes this much disability needs better treatment than “take medicine and hope it goes away.”

Long term use of medication has many known side effects like GI bleeding, liver and kidney damage, increase risk of heart attack and stroke and, what a lot of people don’t realize, is that anti-inflammatory medications actually slow down the rate at which soft tissues repair themselves. People get brief periods of relief and are making the condition last longer. Now, during the acute phase, when pain and inflammation are high, certainly the cautious use of medication is justified.

Lower back pain will “just go away” in 9% of cases. Recurrence rates are 60% after one year and as high as 94% after 4 years.

As a society, we have been listening to medical doctors, orthopedics, physical therapists and pain management doctors for years regarding low back pain.

The stats above tell us how good (or bad) of a job they are doing.  So let me ask you this: If you had chronic low back pain would you ask advice of the same people who created a low back pain epidemic?  Maybe it is time for a change.

Chronic low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide!

Chronic Low Back Pain Management

Chronic low back pain can develop from an injury that is not managed properly.  For example, someone injures their low back.   What do most people do?  Go to their Medical Doctor.  The MD gives the patient medication, might take them off work and tells them to come back if it still hurts.  The next visit the MD orders X-rays, gives more meds and recommends physical therapy.  After the meds, rest and PT did not help the MD sends the patient to the Orthopedic, the “spine specialist,” who orders an MRI, gives more meds and recommends more physical therapy and discusses surgical options.  Are you seeing a pattern here?

This whole process can take 3 or more months and can cost thousands of dollars AND the patient is still in pain!

The main problem with the treatments above is they do not address spinal bio-mechanics, without addressing spinal bio-mechanics your chances of long-term relief are much less.

Restoring Spinal Bio-mechanics
The way we restore proper bio-mechanics to the spine is with proper chiropractic care and the Cox Technique. Your spine is made up of movable bones called vertebrae, when they don’t move properly that can cause increase pressure on the disc, joints and nerves and can lead to low back pain. Restoring proper motion is crucial to getting low backs well and keeping them well.

Modalities, topical analgesics (like Biofreeze), soft tissue work, distraction, lumbar stabilization training, maintaining and improving range of motion, laser therapy, vibration therapy, anti-inflammatory diets, nutrition and orthotic therapy are just a few of the treatments we use for patient’s individualized treatment plans.

No treatment can guarantee success, especially over a long period of time; however, chiropractic care has been shown to give patients the fastest relief and the longest lasting relief compared to MD care, PT and Orthopedic care.

Isn’t that what we all want when we have a health problem?  Fast, long-lasting relief.

What to Expect

When you call to make an appointment a friendly staff person will get your information and your email address and send you our HHI, Health History Intake form.  The form is detailed and can be laborious to fill out but we want to be thorough.

On your first visit you will have a consultation where we listen, really listen to your complaints and concerns.  Next, an examination is performed which includes a postural exam, spinal range of motion, reflexes, sensation, strength testing, orthopedic tests and a palpatory exam.  At the conclusion of the exam we determine what, if any, imaging needs to be ordered such as X-rays or MRI.

On you second visit you get a “Report of Findings.”  We sit down face to face and we show you your imaging (X-ray or MRI), explain your problem in simple terms and if we can help you we outline a treatment plan specifically tailored to your specific needs.  We also go over your insurance and let you know exactly what your costs will be going forward.

Faster pain relief, longer lasting relief and more cost-effective than other forms of care, chiropractic just may be the answer!

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000

Dr. Galante VS. Spine Surgery

Did You Know…

Your first choice of doctor will determine what type of treatment you receive. The prestigious Spine Journal reports initiating care with an orthopedic or neurologic surgeon for low back pain results in surgery rate of 42.7% while initiating care with a Doctor of Chiropractic results in a surgical rate of 1.5%!

And according to the Mayo Clinic “back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases.”  Surgery by Lake in the Hills Chiropractor by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Dr. Galante, a Lake in the Hills chiropractor is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Back pain is epidemic. Back surgery rates have skyrocketed since the 1990’s. Why? Listen to what a prominent researcher says, “there is little evidence spinal surgery is associated with improved outcomes.”

With new surgical techniques and an increase in surgeons, surgery is being recommended and performed at an alarming rate. Surgery comes with numerous potential complications, a significant recovery time and a significant cost. And considering failed back surgery rates approach 40-60% your best bet is to avoid surgery. How?

Here are some tips:

  1. Diet and Nutrition – Follow an “anti-inflammatory” diet and maintaining a healthy body weight.
  2. Exercise – Low impact aerobic cardio and core strengthening exercises.
  3. Sleep – You spend a third of your life asleep, make sure you have a good mattress.
  4. .Lifestyle modification – Prolonged periods of sitting, smoking, obesity, heavy lifting and sedentary lifestyle have all been implicated in lower back pain.
  5. Spinal Health – Regular chiropractic visits maintain spinal mobility, decrease pressure on sensitive disc and nerve tissue and improves your immunity.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, a Lake in the Hills chiropractor, has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.
Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000

Avoid Injuries While “Decking the Halls”

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.Avoid Holiday Injuries by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

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.

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Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, Il 60102

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