Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons why people choose to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Fortunately, it's also one of the complaints that many chiropractors have the most experience in fixing. If you have never been to a chiropractor before, however, it is very common to have a lot of questions. We at Hanes Total Health Center know a lot about lower back pain and chiropractic care. While a chiropractor on our team can help answer your questions, these are some questions that we may be asked in our Chillicothe, OH, chiropractic office.
Does chiropractic care hurt?
Chiropractic care will usually not hurt you, but some patients have said that they can feel their muscles moving during a treatment session. The chiropractor will not use large amounts of force, nor will he or she move any bones. Instead, the chiropractor relies on small movements that push muscles back into place gradually. This may mean that you hear pops or hisses as gas is released from these areas, but your bones will not move.
How long will it take to get pain relief?
The answer to this question depends a lot on how severe the pain is and the exact cause of the problem. Most patients, however, will be scheduled for several weeks of treatments during which they will see the chiropractor once or twice a week. Each of these sessions is typically less than thirty minutes. After several weeks, treatment may be reduced to just once every two weeks, and eventually it may be reduced to once a month.
Can I take pain killers while getting chiropractic care?
Yes! Chiropractic care is designed to complement a lot of different styles of traditional and non-traditional pain medicine. Just tell the chiropractor what else you're doing to control your pain so that he or she can adjust your care plan accordingly.
What happens if I must stop care?
While it's always recommended to finish your care plan once treatment starts, it is possible to take breaks. It is possible to see many patients who are only able to come on a monthly basis or less due to various other commitments. If you have an incident that is going to force you to stop or pause care, talk to the chiropractor about it before quitting. It's often possible to adjust your care schedule to factor in breaks for work commitments and other life events.
Contact Us for More Information
If you have lower back pain, call us at (740) 772-5957 Hanes Total Health Center serving Chillicothe, OH.