Twenty two million Americans visit chiropractors annually. The majority of them are seeking pain relief, particularly from back and spinal issues. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, experience back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other common complaints from chiropractic patients include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.
Fortunately, almost all of these types of back and/or leg pain can be successfully treated by a chiropractor. Primarily, back pain patients are aided by receiving maintenance spinal adjustments after the initial intensive therapy in the prevention of developing chronic low back pain.
A common back and leg pain we see in our practice is from sciatica. Sciatica is actually a set of symptoms—not a diagnosis for what is irritating the nerve root and causing the pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association, sciatica describes persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the lower leg.
In addition to back pain and sciatica, leg pain alone is a common. In fact, up to 32% of Americans, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, experience chronic leg pain, meaning that it occurs often, and for long periods of time.
The first step to treating pain sufferers is proper diagnosis of their problem. This requires an examination of the back, spine and legs. If you are experiencing back or leg pain, and/or tingling, or numbness on a regular basis, an evaluation by our experienced team at Montvale Health Associates is a good first step.
You can assist your chiropractor by being as specific and detailed as possible about your pain, including when and how the symptoms present themselves. Obviously, the more information you can give us, the better we can form the most accurate diagnosis and course of treatment.
In addition to diagnosis and treatment, at Montvale Health Associates our chiropractors pay special attention to follow-up, providing our patients with a program of active home care, such as activity and posture modifications, and an exercise program. This helps patients to achieve their goal of eradicating the possibility of chronic pain.
Treatment at Montvale Health Associates is carefully monitored by our chiropractic team, and we pride ourselves in treating each patient with personalized care.