What Are Some Of My Treatment Options in Council Bluffs?

What are some of my treatment options in Council Bluffs?

What Are Some Of My Treatment Options in Council Bluffs?

Do you know what your treatment options are in Council Bluffs? This question is on a lot of patient’s minds and one that I answer to the best of my ability. It all depends on what your condition is and how long you have had it. This is something we discuss during the new patient exam while conducting a thorough history of the patient.


Treatment Options in Council Bluffs

Most cases of non-traumatic low back or neck pain are treated with over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. This works pretty well at blocking pain signals but carries the risk of internal bleeding if used for too long or too often. If the pain is severe enough, opioids may be prescribed however with the rate of addiction to opioids increasing, this is not as common as it was only a few years ago. A muscle relaxer may help to ease spasm and help with some pain.

Most MD’s recommend starting with the least invasive form of treatment, Chiropractors and Physical Therapists.

Physical Therapists

PTs are good at retraining muscles and strengthening injured areas. They may use mobilization to add a range of motion to a certain movement pattern. This may help alleviate pain but, in my opinion, doesn’t address the cause of the issue. IF the muscles around the joint get stronger, there is still stress being put on that joint.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors, who actually adjust and don’t mobilize, focus on specific joints. We use specific adjustments to these joints to restore motion and reduce stress at the joint that leads to the pain you feel. We treat the cause and not the symptoms as with medical intervention. Many patients have great success with Chiropractic.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy also helps to relieve pain and tension in the muscles and helps improve the overall range of motion. Massage therapy works great in conjunction with adjustments and can make it easier for the Chiropractor to adjust. There sadly are those patients that have severe degeneration that has been present over years and years that can not be helped by adjustment. These patients may require surgery to stabilize the spine and prevent further neurological damage.

Surgery

Surgery should, however, be the last resort when treating your condition after trying all your other options. The good news is that even if you have had a fusion or other back surgery and still have pain and haven’t tried Chiropractic, you still can.


Common Misconceptions

There is a common misconception that once you have a spinal fusion in one area of the spine that you can’t get adjusted. This is false. I wouldn’t let your brother in law try to pop your back or have anyone do anything without an x-ray first. As I’ve stated before, Chiropractors like me adjust specific segments. I would look at the areas above and below the fusion because they will now be taking on the most stress. Keeping these areas adjusted will prevent further degeneration.

So before resorting to prescription pain pills or surgery, try Chiropractic. Even if you’ve done physical therapy and it didn’t help. Chiropractic is different. It is safe, effective and affordable. You will be glad you did. As always, Have a Well-Adjusted Day.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Chiropractor,

Dr. Nate

Monday
9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Tuesday
9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Wednesday
9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Thursday
9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Friday
Closed


Saturday
Closed

Schanuth Family Chiropractic
1720 North 16th Street G
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone (712) 828-0621
Fax (712) 435-6304