I recently had a patient say: “I’m surprised my back feels better even though I have arthritis.”
I had been seeing her for a few weeks, providing chiropractic treatment for her sore lower back. She had a long history of lower back pain and had been diagnosed with lower back arthritis and assumed she’d have to live with the pain. Another of my patients, who was her friend, referred her to me, hoping that chiropractic care might be of some help. This article will discuss lower back pain relief with chiropractic care, even if arthritis of the back is present.
When we talk of arthritis of the spine, it is not much different than arthritis of other areas of the body. For instance, if someone has arthritis over their knuckle joints, we would expect there to be some bone on bone degeneration of the joint spaces. The knuckles would also be enlarged because of bone spurs. If we look at an x-ray of an arthritic spine, we also see narrowing and degeneration of the disk space between vertebrae and bone spurs.
A person having back pain might be led to believe that their pain is being caused by the arthritis. However, most lower back pain is mechanical in origin. This simply means that if the vertebrae of the spine are out of alignment, causing irritation to the nerves and spinal joints it will create back discomfort.
This is what was happening with my patient. Her x-rays showed spinal degenerative arthritis. However, her initial chiropractic evaluation with me revealed mechanical misalignment and improperly moving lower back spinal vertebrae which was the cause of her pain.
Helping her with back pain relief was simply a matter of providing safe and effective chiropractic adjustments to correct her misalignments and allow her body to heal. She only needed a couple treatments a week for a few weeks to see marked improvement.
Chiropractors are the preeminent healthcare providers, when it comes to relieving spinal neck pain and pain of the lower spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to diagnose and treat physical, mechanical alignment problems of spine pain. Most patients who go to chiropractors find that having a chiropractic adjustment is a safe, pleasant experience because it relieves tightness and spasm of the muscles by correcting the deeper spinal misalignment. The number of treatments and visits a patient will required to attain relief of their neck and back spinal pain will depend on how long they’ve had the condition and its severity.