Here at Oakton Chiropractic Clinic, we are all too familiar with how common, and how debilitating, back pain is in today’s world. Since 1982, we have treated thousands of patients whose everyday lives have been seriously impaired by back pain – and, sadly, they are not alone.
Here are just a handful of the most troubling statistics about back pain:
- Back pain is the most common cause of disability in the world today.
- An estimated 80 percent of people will experience a serious back problem at some point in their lifetimes.
- Back pain is one of the leading reasons people miss work, and the second most common reason people visit a doctor’s office.
- In the United States, at least $50 billion per year is spent to alleviate back pain.
- In fact, approximately 31 million Americans are suffering from back pain at this very momen
Causes of Back Pain
For something so common, the back is a remarkably complex mechanism. It is a network of bones, discs, joints, muscles, and ligaments, all interlocking, all interacting, and all far too fragile. Bones can break, muscles can strain, discs can rupture, ligaments can sprain, and joints can become irritated. When any one of these component parts is damaged, serious, even debilitating back pain can result.
Common causes of this pain-inducing damage include the following:
- Sports injuries.
- Serious accidents.
- Simple movements, such as bending over improperly.
- Chronic conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, or psychological stress.
- Diseases, including infections of the organs, kidney stones, bone loss, and blood clots.
- Repetitive actions over long periods of time, such those in the workplace, often made worse by poor posture or improper technique.
Treating Back Pain Effectively
Given the many ways we can hurt our backs in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that back pain is so widespread. And if you are reading this right now, chances are that you are already suffering from back pain yourself, for which you have our sympathies. The question that you are probably asking right now is, “What do I do? How do I make my back pain go away?”
Prescription pain medications may seem to offer relief, but often these drugs may be masking the symptoms of a problem rather than treating it, and they can be habit forming, as you may already be aware from today’s news coverage.
Surgery can be invasive, expensive, and not to mention scary, and it should not be entered into lightly, except as a means of last resort.
For these reasons, more and more health care professionals are recommending a non-invasive method of treatment to alleviate back pain: spinal manipulation, a key technique of chiropractic medicine for more than a century.
Advantages of Spinal Manipulation and Chiropractic Medicine
Spinal manipulation is a safe, effective means of treating spinal conditions and reducing pain. In fact, after an extensive study of potential treatments for lower back problems, the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) recommended that back pain sufferers choose more conservative care initially, and also recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe, effective, drug-free method of initial treatment for acute low back problems among adults.
A 2013 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association also recommended chiropractic care as a means of treating low back pain, and noted that surgery was usually not necessary except in the most extreme cases. The Annals of Internal Medicine has further argued that chiropractic treatment could be an effective means of non-pharmacological back pain. Other recent research has offered strong evidence that spinal manipulation could be just as effective as exercise and medical care in treating back pain, as well as moderate evidence that it could be as effective as a combination of prescription non-steroidal pain relievers and exercise.
As you may clearly see, more and more medical research is concluding that chiropractic care may be the best first course of treatment for back pain – just the kind of treatment we at Oakton Chiropractic Clinic have been providing our patients for decades.
Who We Are
The three doctors on our staff are all third-generation chiropractors. We founded Oakton Chiropractic Clinic in 1982, shortly after graduating from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL, the same institution from which one of our grandfathers graduated in 1926. Chiropractic medicine is in our blood, a family tradition that we have proudly carried on from the last century to this one. It is our goal to help our patients live full, pain-free lives, with the aid of safe, effective, proven techniques.
What We Offer
Our Chiropractic and Comprehensive Alternative Medicine Clinic has over 35 years of experience in Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, and Massage, administered by a staff that is dedicated to your individual care. With this level of expertise, odds are that we have seen your type of pain before – in fact, many, many times before.
What You Can Expect
When you first come to our office, we will start off with an interview so that we can build a comprehensive history of your injury or illness. From there, we will conduct a physical examination. This exam consists of a postural evaluation and chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological tests. If we feel that you also need an x-ray or an MRI, we will give you a referral for that piece of the puzzle.
We will then carefully review all of these tests and materials and make an informed diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan which we will discuss with you thoroughly. We may go over things that we want you to do at home to help aid in your treatment.
Some of our treatment techniques include chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue massage, physiotherapy modalities such as ultrasound and interferential current, acupuncture, stretching, and lifestyle suggestions. Our treatment is all narcotics free and surgery free.
We work hard to help our patients, but we know our limits. We have built up a team of specialists to whom we can refer our patients if what they present with is out of the scope of what we treat. Sometimes, medicine and surgery are necessary when conservative treatment proves ineffective. We also have a physical therapist who is independent of us who is on site if certain patients need that route of treatment.
We treat a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal syndrome, including:
- Impaired muscles, ligaments, and joints.
- Upper and lower back pain and tightness and trigger points.
- Cervical pain or “whiplash.”
- TMJ soreness.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Elbow pain.
- Knee arthritis.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Car and work accidents.
- Repetitive motion injuries.
- Biomechanical functional problems.
Our main goal is to establish the cause of your pain, determine whether it is a problem that would benefit from conservative chiropractic care or would be better treated elsewhere, and get on with the business of helping you manage and alleviate your pain so that you can return to your normal life.
That is what we do, and that is what we have been doing to the great satisfaction of our patients since 1982.
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