Back pain is
a huge problem affecting our population. In fact, studies have shown that
back pain is the #2 reason for visits to doctors' offices (after the common
cold), and approximately 80% of the population will suffer from at least one
severe bout of back pain during their lifetime. For most of us, it's simply a matter
of time. While there are many different types of back pain, most types are what
we consider "mechanical" in nature. By this, we mean that there is an actual
physical problem that has occurred within the back, such as a restriction to
motion or misalignment of the bones in your spine, a herniated or bulging disc,
a pulled muscle or ligament, maybe even a combination of several factors. Such
mechanical problems are best served by a mechanical solution that addresses
their cause. If your car were to suddenly start screeching loudly every time
you hit the gas pedal, you wouldn't just turn up the radio to drown out the
sound. That wouldn't fix anything. So why would you try to fix your
back problem by taking something that will only mask the pain, without fixing the
doctors specifically trained to examine, diagnose, and treat such physical
problems of the body, with a large portion of their practice dedicated to the
many types of back pain. Your chiropractor can determine the specific problem
you are experiencing, order and examine x-rays if needed, and prescribe a
treatment program that is custom-designed for your needs. Whether it might be a
spinal disc decompression treatment, re-aligning specific joints of the body,
stretching, strengthening and rehabilitating after an injury, or simply
preventative care to keep small problems from becoming big problems, your
chiropractor has a solution for you that is as individual as you are.
Chiropractic has proven itself as the "gold standard" of treatment when it comes
to back pain. A recent study completed by the Ontario Workplace Safety &
Insurance Board (WSIB) in 2004 showed that patients receiving chiropractic care
recovered from their injuries much faster, returned to their jobs sooner, and
required far fewer office visits than those electing to go to a
physiotherapist. Similar studies comparing chiropractic treatment of back pain
to traditional medical treatment (surgery and/or medication) have
again shown chiropractic as the treatment of choice.
Do what's right for you,
and for your body. Take your aching back to your chiropractor.
HERE now to set up your appointment with
Dr. Geoffrey Hann.
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