Chiropractic treatment is used for treating a variety of health problems. However, chiropractors are not limited to only spinal adjustments – they can also treat other ailments.
According to the National Health Interview Survey, back pain was responsible for 17 million doctor visits every year in 2002-2004, second only to upper respiratory tract infections (including colds), with 21 million doctor visits per year. Neck pain comes in at number three, with 16 million visits each year. When you combine these issues, roughly 41% of all adults in the U.S. will visit a chiropractor at least once every two years.
This blog post by Finn Chiropractic talks about common conditions that chiropractors can effectively treat:
1. Neck and Back Pain
The National Center for Health Statistics shares that back pain was second on the list of reasons people seek medical care from a doctor or other health care professional, with neck pain making up 8% of visits.
This makes sense considering that 45% of people suffer from either chronic lower back pain or neck pain at some point in their lives, so it should come as no surprise that they would go to any length necessary to relieve these issues since it affects day-to-day living. It was found in a study that 36% of the patients dealing with back pain were treated by a chiropractor.
Neck and back pain are treated by adjusting the spine. Chiropractic treatment was found to be highly effective for treating chronic back and neck pain.
Chiropractors also treat Coccydynia, but it usually takes longer to heal compared to other conditions. The typical chiropractic treatment plan for coccydynia involves exercises and stretches that focus on the buttocks and lower back.
If you wonder how long it might take to feel the benefit of chiropractic treatment, consider this: after 7-9 treatments, patients who went to a chiropractor for Coccydynia showed significant improvement. However, only 50% of their patients were still attending appointments after three months. This is why many people seek alternative forms of medicine like acupuncture if they want to pursue long-term relief from pain.
3. Ligament Injuries
Ligament injuries occur when one or more ligaments become sprained or torn because of twisting or another form of trauma. The most common type of ligament injury is a sprain, which is damage to the ligaments that hold bones together. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and trouble moving the injured area. Ligaments can be harmed by either overstretching them or tearing them entirely because of too much stress on the site where they are attached to other parts of your body.
This condition occurs when tightness in the quadriceps muscles pulls the kneecap into an awkward angle resulting in micro-tears. This condition isn’t life-threatening, but chronic patella-femoral pain limits many individuals’ activities like sports and exercise.