Advanced Spine Pain
Living with Spine Pain
Chronic, acute back pain can control your life and make every day tasks like getting dressed feel like torture. Clients, who come into our office with this type of acute, advanced spine pain, report pain levels of 8-10 out of 10 on a numeric scale. This kind of pain can be blinding and we will seek to provide pain relief as quickly as possible.
Causes of Advanced Spine Pain
Often this type of back and spine pain is the direct result of an accident. The type of sudden, sharp back pain can come on suddenly perhaps while picking up a box or as a direct result from a more serious fall or car accident. You should never take this kind of acute back pain lightly and seek professional help immediately.
How We Initially Treat Advanced Spine Pain
Our main objective when a patient comes into our office is to help relieve the pain in the spine as soon as possible. This will begin with a thorough spinal exam to determine the location of the nerve interference and spinal subluxation. Subluxation is a dislocation of a joint or a sprain. At this point we will need to take Spinal x-rays, which will show the exact location of the issue.
While the x-rays are processed, the patient receives cryotherapy where ice is applied directly to the location of pain. After we review the x-rays we will make an adjustment to start the restoration of the spinal segment’s biomechanics. The adjustment will start the proper functioning of the spines motion, which reduces swelling, giving the patient pain relief from their condition. This typically takes place within 24 hours or less.
Home Care When Treating Acute Spine Pain
It is critical, after the initial adjustment and while the swelling is reducing, to continue icing the affected area. In addition we recommend Turmeric, which acts as an anti-inflammatory helping to modulate the repair process. During this time, exercise and movement is restricted or limited.
The patient is evaluated daily for 2-5 days depending on the speed of the response. The patient is given exercise instruction as soon as it is safe, and that typically begins with walking. Ergonomics are discussed for sleeping, sitting and returning to work. Within 10-14 days the acute, advanced spine pain treatment, patients generally return to normal, unless there are complicating factors.
Treating Chronic Back Pain
Unlike acute pain, whose onset is often sudden, intense, and extremely painful, chronic pain is characterized by back pain that has been present for years. Because it is a condition that has built up over time, it can take much longer to correct the problem. With patients with chronic back pain we will conduct a through spinal exam, take x-rays, and give the patient a report the same day or the same week. We usually need 4-6 weeks to work with their case on an average of 2 times per week.
Again, this chronic back pain didn’t happen overnight, so much of the muscle dysfunction and spines biomechanics will take longer to restore. We like to see improvements within 2-4 weeks. After the first few visits, we will have a better understanding of the body’s response to the adjustment and can provide a more calculated prognosis for length of care and the types of improvement in their condition that can reasonably be expected. As with acute advanced spine cases, we discuss ergonomics, exercise, diet and whether they will need support care in the future for their condition.
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