Chiropractic care is defined by the American Chiropractic Association as physicians who practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
This holistic approach to wellness is sometimes in stark contrast to more mainstream practices of modern medicine. Often times we attempt to self medicate before scheduling an appointment with our family practice doctor. Or we run to the doctor for every sniffle or bruise. Either way, medical diagnosis and treatment can run the gamut of options from drugs, to exercise to waiting it out. But what options do you have when the pain keeps coming back, particularly in your back?
Chronic back pain can be attributed to a number of sources like inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time of his or her lifespan. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Here are a few signs you should see a chiropractor:
- Chronic pain in your joints, head or muscles hasn’t improved with medical intervention
- Your job requires repetitive physical activity
- An injury that hasn’t healed with physical therapy
- Sharp pains from your hips through to the heal
- Your head hangs forward in a resting position
When it’s your turn to see a chiropractor, call the office of Dr. Rob Fast at the Back Pain Clinic in Belleville. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, expect to spend some extra time discussing your lifestyle, diet and pain. Dr Fast focuses his treatment both inside and outside the office. He accepts most major insurance plans and is one of the few area doctors approved by the Veterans Affairs office for referrals.
Don’t wait for chronic pain to stop you; try something new and get better fast!