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When your back goes out on you!

It is a bad day when your back goes out on you and you can’t stand up. It happens regularly with my new patients.  It usually isn’t the first sign of a back problem, but a sign that you have ignored your spinal health for a long time. Many times a person has had pain for years and has regular stiffness and soreness. Often the big injury is picking up something very small; a pen, trash, a book.  They bend over and can’t stand up. They often throw a heat pack on it which makes it WORSE.

Make sure to ice. regardless of what your co-workers wife who’s a nurse told you, or the emergency room doctor, or your kids football coach told you, do NOT put a hot pack on. No hot tubs, no heated car seats, not ever. Ice. Always ice no matter how good the hot pack temporarily feels. Why?  The reason your back went out on you is that your muscles weren’t contracting enough to support your frame when you bent over and originally hurt yourself. The fact those muscles weren’t firing is exactly the reason for the pain, please don’t shut them off further with a hot pack. If your doctor recommends this, find a new doctor.

On top of this, please make sure you move.  When your back hurts, a person’s natural first reaction is to lay on the couch and not get up. This will cause you to spasm and stiffen up more. Start by walking to the end of your drive way and back and then do it again. Typically when my patients are in acute spasm, I tell them to do four 15 minute walks a day. They look at me like I am torturing them. It tough love, trust me. I want you to feel better.  The more you sit, the more you will stiffen up, I promise.

Please don’t be impatient when finding your first chiropractor.  Just because someone sees you immediately does not make them the best choice for you. Research a trusted quality chiropractor and wait until they can see you. The biggest myth people believe when they schedule their first appointment with me is that they will skip out the door.

feeling perfect again after a fifteen minute appointment. This rarely happens. If it has happened to you before, consider yourself lucky, it is unlikely to happen again.

A chiropractor needs to have time to get to know your spine and learn how to adjust you, you need to learn to relax in positions you aren’t used to.  This takes time and trust.  It doesn’t happen in one 15 minute session. Do your research, check online reviews and ask for referrals, then ice and walk until you can get an appointment with someone you trust.

When beginning chiropractic care, you may experience some temporary pain with your first few chiropractic adjustments. This is normal.  Often it means that the chiropractor found the exact source of the problem and you will be on the mend soon. Give your adjustments times to work. Even with sudden back spasms, the problem that caused your back spasm is not new. Give the chiropractor time to help change how your spine moves with the chiropractic adjustments. If you are seeing someone competent, the more frequently you see the chiropractor for an extended period of time, the more permanent result you will get. Problems like these are warning signs that you have a big problem that will drastically affect your quality of life if not properly treated.   If you are not willing to take the steps to resolve it, it will slow you down for a long time.  There is hope.  If you have a back problem like this, we can help!!

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