I’m Surprised My Back Feels Better Even Though I Have Arthritis

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.

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How Chiropractic Care Eliminated A Woman’s Neck Pain

I recently had a middle-aged woman come to my office for help with significant neck pain that she was experiencing. Her pain had been mildly bothering her for several years, but in the past three months, it had greatly worsened. She had an eight hours a day, five days per week computer/desk job. Her neck pain increased as the day went on and was particularly bad at the end of the work week. Her neck discomfort improved when she took ibuprofen three times a day, but that was beginning to irritate her stomach. This article will discuss how this patient’s neck pain was improved with chiropractic care.

I have seen many patients in my 38 years of chiropractic practice with similar complaints. Neck problems, like this patient’s, can develop gradually over many years, and then seemingly, suddenly deteriorate. In her case, prolonged poor posture from her desk job caused the spinal bones in her neck to become slightly misaligned. Spinal bones of the neck are called the cervical vertebrae. When the cervical vertebrae become malpositioned, they can pinch and irritate the spinal nerves of the neck. If these nerves are irritated the muscles of the upper shoulders and the neck can go into spasms and become very tight and quite uncomfortable.

Upon initially seeing her, we sat down and had a conversation detailing what she was feeling. Then we did an evaluation where we checked her spine’s alignment. X-rays were also taken to further identify misaligned vertebrae and pinched nerves and to rule out non-chiropractic conditions like cancer and fractures.

Once I definitively knew that her condition could be helped with chiropractic care I showed her a plastic model of a spine and exactly what was causing her problem. Since she had never been to a chiropractor before I fully explained what her treatment would entail before we did anything. Since she was comfortable with that, we started her treatment. I very gently started to perform safe, chiropractic manipulations to help her condition. We also used an electrical physical therapy machine that massaged her muscles. I gave her exercises she could do at home and made recommendations on how to improve her workspace and her posture.

Within a couple weeks of beginning care, her neck pain had significantly improved. In another week it had completely resolved she did not need to be seen anymore.  I told her she could come back anytime. She was especially happy that she had stopped taking ibuprofen and her stomach was feeling better as well.

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