October is National Chiropractic Health Month and the American Chiropractic Association has chosen “Back to Basics” as its theme this year. So what exactly does that mean when we go “Back to Basics?”
Back pain is still one of the most disabling and common conditions a patient will visit their doctor, as well as one of the most common reasons for which doctors may prescribed pain medications, including prescription opioid pain killers. This has become a major public health issue, including in our own state. According to the Minnesota Opioid Task Force, there were 376 total opioid overdose deaths and 2,074 nonfatal hospital treated opioid overdoses in 2016. The number of prescriptions written for opioids in 2016 was 3,536,939, which is a staggering number considering some of the risks associated with opioids, including addiction and physical dependence, sedation, dizziness, and nausea.
It is important to know that there are alternatives to pain medications like opioids to help alleviate back pain. Chiropractic and other conservative treatments can help to treat back pain effectively and safely, without some of the risks that can occur from taking medications. Chiropractors are trained specialists who focus on musculoskeletal conditions that may affect a person’s general health and well-being. Not only can chiropractors treat common conditions such as headaches and low back pain, they can also treat conditions such as carpal tunnel, ankle sprains, disc disease, rib pain, and jaw/TMJ disorders. A chiropractor will look at the area that is being affected by performing a thorough history and examination and recommend appropriate treatment based off their diagnosis. Chiropractors will look to the source of the pain for treatment versus trying to mask the pain with medications. Some of the treatments offered at Minser Chiropractic Clinic includes gentle chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy, ultrasound, electric stim, and rehabilitative exercises. All of our doctors are also able to perform nutritional consultations and recommend dietary and supplementation counseling to achieve better health and allow for optimal functioning of the body.
If you or a loved one is suffering from back pain, talk with one of our doctors. We would love to be able to focus on your back health “basics” with conservative care to keep your spine healthy for a lifetime!