by Alan Jordan
Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients see a chiropractor and more than 60-70% of patients report that they are suffering from it when they visit us.
Chiropractors can treat chronic, persistent and acute lower back pain and this form of care is very safe and cost effective. Chiropractic treatment is also recommended by the International Guidelines and Research Consensus Recommendations and National UK Guidelines.
What happens when I visit a chiropractor?
When you first visit the chiropractor, he or she will carry out a physical examination and ask you a series of questions.
This will help to determine what the cause of your pain is and whether further examination is necessary. It will also help your clinician to decide if your problem can be managed by a chiropractor or whether you need to be referred to a different specialist.
What does chiropractic treatment involve?
The treatment used by chiropractors is associated with spinal manipulative therapy, which involves the ‘click’ sound that you may be familiar with. This well-known sound happens when the joints are manipulated by your chiropractor and are a result of pressure changes producing gas bubbles in the fluid of the joint.
Your chiropractor manipulates joints to normalise movement, reduce muscle tension and reduce pain.
Alongside this treatment, your chiropractor can also offer you advice about your work and leisure activities and he may also prescribe exercise along with ice, heat and non-prescriptive medication.
Patients who visit Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic with persistent or chronic back pain will usually be referred to our physiotherapy department, which has a state-of-the-art gym. Here you will strengthen the required muscles to assist with your current treatment plan and prevent further lower back trouble in future.
The chiropractors at Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic are part of one of the UK’s largest team of spine and joint specialists. As well as providing excellent chiropractic treatment, we can also help you to manage your pain with additional assistance from spinal surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists, rheumatologists, sports massage, and medical acupuncture where necessary.
If you would like more information about chiropractic treatment and lower back pain, call us on 020 7638 433 and read our Broadgate Journal article. For more information on the author of this blog, Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic director Dr Alan Jordan, visit https://www.broadgatespinecentre.co.uk/chiropractor-london/.