Most patients frequently ask if they should or can they visit a chiropractor to get treated of back pain. Several studies have shown chiropractors effectively treating back pain. But not every back pain case calls for treatment by chiropractors. Some conditions need may need an evaluation by an M.D.
When would I need to visit a medical doctor?
Many back pain cases can be treated effectively by chiropractors. It has been proven and shown that chiropractors make most effective doctors when it comes to treatment of acute back pain. But some conditions that are probably serious need consideration before treatment begins. Many conditions can be identified via thorough physical examination and history of the patient’s sickness.
Some of the symptoms which raise an alarm include:
- Pain leading to sleepless nights
- Pain accompanied by sweats, chills or fevers
- Numb extremities
- Problems which control functioning of bladder or bowel
Furthermore, some symptoms like the ones mentioned below are better if an orthopedist attends to them than a chiropractor.
- Weakness of legs muscles
- Legs tingling or becoming numb
- Back pain alongside leg pain
The symptoms above are noted in patients having some other problem apart from strain of the lumbar muscle or the ligament.
If the problem underlying of ligament sprain or muscle strain, treatment by chiropractor becomes more effective.
Patients showing spinal cord or nerve suppression should ask their chiropractor if chiropractic manipulation will be effective. There are also other rare problems like tumors and infection of spine which should never undergo chiropractic treatment.
Unfortunately, cases are reported of patients who go through spine manipulations and end up having complications due to nerve injury. Although rare cases, it’s recommended that before any treatment, get to understand what the cause is especially before spine manipulation.
Deciding on which El Cerrito chiropractor to use is quite difficult there are many chiropractors, but using organizations like the American Chiropractic Association can help you find a qualified chiropractor in your locality.