Back pain affects approximately 80 percent of people during their lifetimes. It's often a difficult problem to diagnose and treat, but at Gentle Chiropractic in Warren, OH, Dr. Gerald Dickson will take steps to diagnose the problem and treat it accordingly so you can live life with less or no back pain or heal optimally and quickly.
Diagnosing Back Problems
The first step is to determine the cause of your back problems. This consists of obtaining your medical history and identifying any chronic conditions. During this step, we'll also want to know about any recent injuries.
Part of the diagnostic process also consists of our practitioner asking you to move your back. Our chiropractor will manually assess the area to evaluate it for swelling and tenderness.
In some cases, we may send you for imaging. This allows us to survey the inside of your back and accurately diagnose problems.
Conditions We Treat
At our practice, we offer treatment for both acute and chronic issues. For instance, if you have a herniated or bulging disc, we can help the injury heal. You may even receive care during pregnancy if you're experiencing general back pain or sciatica. Chiropractic care can also assist when you have back pain from a chronic condition, such as degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, or another related condition.
Treating Back Problems
Once we know the cause of your back pain and the extent of it, we'll provide you with treatment to assist in the healing process or help you better manage the pain.
One of the more common treatments we provide at our Warren, OH, office is chiropractic alignments. During this treatment, our practitioner will manually move your spine so the vertebrae align with the discs in the back.
Chiropractic massage is another option for treatment. With this treatment, our chiropractor massages the tissue in your back. This treatment encourages healing by soothing sore muscles and enhancing circulation to the area.
You may also receive a therapeutic ultrasound, which emits sound waves to your soft tissue. This helps with healing and will also reduce scar tissue. You should know that scar tissue remains inside your body and can place pressure on the soft tissue and nerves.
Part of back pain treatment could consist of cryotherapy, which is the use of cold to ease your discomfort. Specifically, the cold reduces inflammation and also hinders nerve signals in the area.
Above are only some of the treatments we provide for back pain at Gentle Chiropractic. At our Warren, OH, practice, Dr. Dickson ensures all patients receive a personalized treatment plan to aid in healing and pain management.
Schedule an appointment today by calling 330-856-6999.