Communicating Your Back Pain To Your VA Chiropractor 

 April 6, 2011

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Mechanicsville, Virginia — Describing and defining your lower back pain to your chiropractor in VA can sometimes be a challenge since many factors contribute to back problems and back pain.

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish exactly what hurts or pinches; yet the better you can communicate to your VA and local Mechanicsville chiropractor, the better we can help manage your pain. Communicating the source of your pain in a clear way will help us possibly reduce your lower back pain and get you back to your daily activities.

To best communicate with your local Mechanicsville chiropractor, be prepared to share when and where your pain first occurred. We’ll also want to know what activities make your back pain worse or better, and any other symptoms associated with your lower back pain.

In VA you may experience lower back pain that is acute, meaning it last only days or weeks, or you may experience chronic back pain that lasts months. Communicating and defining the type of back pain you are suffering from to your local VA chiropractor enables us to understand your pain and best determine how to possibly reduce your lower back pain and provide relief.

Recently the finding to a study on back pain treatments was published.  It showed chiropractic was superior to standard medical care.  The study, Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011 (Mar 14), said when patients with low back pain were tracked for a YEAR, patients that utilized physical therapy and/or medical interventions were associated with a higher recurrence of disability as opposed to patients that underwent Chiropractic care. In fact, the patients were TWICE as likely to end up disabled with a physical therapist (PT) and almost 2/3rds more likely to be disabled when partaking in traditional medical interventions (summarized from a post on Dr. Stephanie Maj’s blog).  The conclusions were: in work-related nonspecific low back pain, the use of health maintenance care provided by physical therapist or physician services was associated with a higher disability recurrence than in chiropractic services or no treatment (as stated at chiro.org).  So as I see it, according to studies carried out by medical experts (not chiropractors which would seem to eliminate the likelihood of bias), it looks like the standard medical and physical therapy treatments should at the very least be avoided for work related low back pain.  If one wants to actually reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of disability, they should go to a chiropractor.

If you find yourself in this situation, please communicate your back problems to Stover Chiropractic, P.C. in Mechanicsville and see what we can do to possibly relieve your lower back pain.

Our phone is 804-559-1100 and you can check out our website at stoverchiropractic.com.

Helping You To Heal

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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