It’s estimated that 100 million Americans suffer “back pain.” This is so vague we might as well say their bodies hurt. Typically, when someone complains about back pain, they in fact have several issues going on at once. Most back pain develops over decades from a variety of causes like trauma, poor posture, muscle weakness and more.
Back pain is rarely a single problem that can be fixed with one kind of therapy.
Most people with back pain that isn’t getting better will tell you that, aside from prescription or over-the-counter medications, they have “tried other therapies,” none of which worked for them. They’ll tell you that they tried physical therapy, or that they tried chiropractic. Often, when the pain persists, or worsens, and begins infringing on their quality of life, they opt for surgery. I would submit that they have read the road signs incorrectly and taken the wrong route to their destination.
The chiropractic or physical therapy they tried did indeed work, but their expectations about what those modalities could accomplish were misguided. And surgery is unlikely to cure their problem, in part because they have more than one source of pain. What the people I’ve described didn’t know is that no one modality will cure all the sources of pain. Chiropractic and physical therapy work on different parts of the problem.
So, if you are only seeing a chiropractor, they are the best at handling joint problems associated with almost all back and neck issues. If you are only seeing a physical therapist, they are the best at rehabilitating the muscular component of back pain. The same goes for other therapies like massage, acupuncture, deep tissue laser, and so on. They are the best for what they treat.
When you have potentially five or six things causing your pain and you’re only handling one, you won’t get better.
In some cases, you might feel a little better while you’re treating that part, but as soon as you stop, the pain begins to return. For you to successfully treat your back problem, you will need to know which damaged tissues are involved and get the proper amount of treatment for enough time to allow them to heal. That might require spinal decompression, neuromuscular re-education, and any of the other therapies I’ve already alluded to.
In my practice, we employ the Butler Spine Program that involves an intentional combination of the best therapies delivered at the same time, and for a long enough period of time, to allow your body to heal all the causes simultaneously.
The good news is that this works.
Research demonstrates, and our practice has found, that people respond positively to holistic, non-surgical treatments. I believe that 80% of people suffering “back pain” can achieve significant relief with our therapies in eight to twelve weeks.
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