Back pain is the most obvious sign someone might need to see a chiropractor. At any given time, over 65 million Americans will report a recent episode of back pain. More than 264 million workdays will be lost in a single year due to back pain symptoms, and as an ailment that affects every age group, back pain is the single leading cause preventing people from engaging in everyday activities.
While back pain most often stems from sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured discs, and/or inflamed joints, many Americans first seek care from their primary care physicians or experiment with home remedies. However, these treatment options often do not properly address the root cause of the pain and lack a long-term solution. As a result, Americans spend over $50 million on healthcare costs for back pain treatment each year.
However, research has shown spinal manipulation to be a safe, effective, and cost conservative option for individuals suffering from back pain. The American Chiropractic Association reports that three in four people who have seen a chiropractor in the last year reported the treatment to be “very effective.”
Outside of noticeable back pain, numerous other reasons exist for needing to visit a chiropractor to help optimize your overall well being. Connect today with Dr. Reinhardt to schedule your next appointment!
Reason #1 – Shooting Pain Down Your Leg
(Sciatica is a common nerve condition that affects millions of Americans every year.)
Sciatic nerve pain is a common condition that occurs when the nerve becomes compressed and inflamed. As a result, a shooting pain down your leg(s) often occurs, accompanied by numbness and weakness in your lower half. Depending upon the case, sciatic nerve pain can be extremely painful and even debilitating. However, chiropractic adjustment has been shown to be one of the most beneficial healthcare options for affected individuals. Typically, the nerve can begin to heal and return to an un-inflamed state once a herniated disk in the lumbar spine is realigned.
Reason #2 – Tension Headaches
Headaches are often a prolonged symptom that many individuals battle. While headaches can be the result of several factors or conditions, tension headaches specifically can be linked to things like poor posture, constant cell phone usage, and even TMJ. Adjustment of your thoracic or cervical spine can help reduce the likelihood of tension headaches in the future.
Reason #3 – Recent Accident
If you were involved in a recent accident such as a car accident, skiing incident, or another related event, you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor to ensure your spinal alignment has not been disrupted. Abrupt, jarring accidents can cause muscles to tighten, joints to misalign, and bones to shift from proper placement. The after-effects of an accident may not be felt until days or weeks after the incident. Therefore, it is recommended to see a chiropractor soon after an accident in an effort to prevent possible problems later on.
Reason #4 – You Constantly Sit At Work
(Sitting for extended hours during the day can harm your spine health.)
Many Americans have desk jobs where they are forced to slouch over a computer all day. The human body is not designed to sit for a prolonged period of time without movement. In combination with poor posture, most individuals end up suffering from back pain and misaligned spinal columns. It is best to alternate from sitting every 30 minutes if possible, and when sitting to have your knees bent at a 90-degree angle, with your feet flat on the floor, and your hips and back both touching the back of the chair’s support.
Reason #5 – Soles On Your Shoes Wear Out Differently
If you notice that one of your shoe soles is not wearing in the same pattern as the other, or if the soles are wearing more on the inside or outside tread, then seeing a chiropractor is a good idea. This is a common signal that your walking stride is reflecting an imbalance in your leg length or spinal alignment. If gone untreated, things like tendonitis, stress fractures, and more can occur. A chiropractor can help you identify where the problem is, and adjust the discrepancy.
Reason #6 – Persistent Neck Pain
In today’s technology boom, we are seemingly always connected to some type of smart device. This has caused many Americans to develop “text neck,” and other cervical spine issues. The average human head weighs roughly 10 pounds and is supported by a limited number of muscles within the neck. If proper head posture isn’t followed, several painful neck complications can occur.
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Upon entering our clinic, Dr. Reinhardt will conduct a full exam of your situation and overall health to determine the cause of your discomfort. Through a combination of treatments, exercises, and lifestyle adjustments, Dr. Reinhardt and his team can help alleviate your pain and misalignment. Schedule an appointment today to start healing!
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