The goal of chiropractor treatment, in addition to back pain relief, is to improve the motion and flexibility of your spine so that your body’s physical function is restored and maintained. It can also help alleviate your need for painkillers, injections, or even invasive back surgery. Chiropractors undergo years of schooling and practice followed by licensing before actually working with patients. There are many certifications and safety measures in place to ensure the safety of chiropractic clinics.
Are you wondering, “Is chiropractic treatment safe?” Chiropractic treatment is actually one of the safest forms of treatment to relieve acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture or getting tackled. This type of pain (more common than chronic pain) usually lasts no more than six weeks and will eventually get better on its own.
So what can you expect at your initial visit? The chiropractor will ask questions about your health history, perform a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging (x-rays or MRI) to determine if chiropractic care is appropriate for your back pain. Chiropractic treatment (also called spinal manipulation) is a procedure in which trained chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint, usually while the patient is lying face down on a table. Treatment may involve one, or a series, of manual adjustments. Many chiropractors also offer nutritional counseling and exercise as part of treatment.
There are certain circumstances where you should not use spinal manipulation, such as:
- Severe osteoporosis
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of strength in an arm or leg
- Cancer in the spine
- Risk of stroke
- An abnormal bone growth or degeneration in the upper neck
In addition to treating low back pain, there are several other benefits of chiropractic treatment, including headaches, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and other spine-related conditions, such as neck and shoulder pain.
So, is chiropractic treatment safe, you ask? Call McKim Chiropractic for more information about chiropractor treatment and to schedule a consultation with one of our caring chiropractors. Our licensed and certified staff at McKim Chiropractic is committed to helping the families of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, achieve health wholeness!