If a patient injures their back in a fall or due to lifting an object improperly, there are several things they can do to relieve the pain until they can make it to the chiropractor. Over the counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories can help to reduce the pain and discomfort. It is important to rest the back and avoid lifting another object or twisting the back unnaturally. Apply ice immediately after the injury, but as pain subsides, use heat. It is important to see a chiropractor or other doctor as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to the injured area. Even though the pain subsides, the injury is still present and may get worse if left untreated.
A back injury is the result of stress and strain placed on the spinal column and the muscles that support the torso. That stress and strain can result in the spinal column being forced out of alignment due to either a shifting of the bones or inflammation of the soft tissues. A chiropractic adjustment realigns the bones in the spinal column and reduces the inflammation that is pulling the muscles and connective tissues out of place. Adjustments that are received immediately after an injury will be more effective at restoring balance to the body. If the injury is allowed to start healing, it may take several chiropractic adjustments to restore balance and eliminate the back pain caused by the injury.
Many doctors consider surgery to be a last resort. There are several treatment options that can be used to effectively relieve back pain. Spinal decompression, neuromuscular massage, laser treatments, chiropractic adjustments, and physical therapy are quite capable of relieving both pain and inflammation. Treatment methods can be used on their own or in conjunction with one another to provide complete and effective healing. Surgery is normally recommended when the bones of the spine have become so damaged that other treatment methods can no longer restore proper balance and function.