Disc problems and Chiropractic care

Back injuries that cause herniations in the discs of the lower back are the most common in younger men. Pain in the back can develop immediately after lifting a heavy weight or moving in an akward fashion. The most common position for the back that results in injury is bending forward while twisting. Back injuries of this type can cause pain severe enough to cause the back to lock with the pain. The pain may also radiate down the leg (sciatica). Usually lying down can relieve some of the pain and is the most tolerable position.
The guidelines for Chiropractic care for back injuries recommend that persons with a disc problem undergo conservative care (including Chiropractic) for three weeks. If no relief is obtained through conservative means then further imagining via MRI is recommended. Most often a Chiropractic care plan of two to three Chiropractic treatments a week for three weeks is recommended. Ice is often helpful and heat should be avoided for at least the first week of a back injury. Walking is often the most easliy performed exercise and helps with pain reduction and mobility of the joints. Riding in a car or sitting for long periods is usually counterproductive in the initial stages of a back injury. Once the pain has become manageable gym ball exercises may be helpful. Specialized Chiropractic tables called lumbar flexion distraction tables are specifically designed to apply traction to the lumbar disc and reduce pain.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years practice experience in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas. His Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, and sports injuries.
Many individuals can find relief of back pain through acupuncture as well. A combination of needle acupuncture and electronic stimulation is often effective for lower back pain.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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