With everyone so stressed out with the financial insecurity still lurking around it is no wonder back pain is so prevalent. Did you know that 80% of us are likely to experience back pain at some stage on our lives according to statistics which you can view at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/backpain.html
I could take a bet and guess with the odds in my favor that you have had or are sitting there reading this post right now with some sort of backache. This brings me onto my recent experience with needing to see a chiropractor for the first time in my life.
Chiropractic treatment is well known as a natural option for getting rid of back pain. Having gone to consult a medical doctor for my lower back pain I got a diagnose of lumbago, handed a prescription for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) drugs, told to rest from exercise and wait and see if the pain is gone within the next 6 weeks. If in the meantime the pain got to much I could always get some stronger medications like opioids.
Being not much of a pill popper I choose to see a doctor of Chiropractic for a consultation to see what they could offer. Not been to a Chiropractic office before I’ll briefly explain the procedure:
- Fill in admission forms including basic contact details and insurance cover details.
- Speak with a chiropractor first about what is my complaint, how did it start, how long have I had the problem, what makes it feel worse or better and some past medical history like any chronic medication, other diagnoses, trauma or surgeries.
- Next the physical exam where I got undressed to my shorts and made to do certain orthopaedic manoeuvres and had the reflex hammer hit my knee and ankle.
- I then got a full explanation about what was causing my pain and what my prognosis and treatment plan would be.
Yup, really that simple. So I provided my informed consent and got my first ever Chiropractic adjustment. That cracking sound is so relieving not only in physical feeling but also knowing that the what felt like poor alignment and a stuck bone had been moved. Overall my lower back pain was not a herniated disc but a facet dysfunction that got cleared up within four treatments. For more detailed information about what happens at your first visit check-up with a chiropractor check out http://chiroclinic.co.za or ask a question on the clinic’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Chiropractor.Fourways.Sandton.ChiroClinic/