Back and Neck Pain.

Back pain is one of the most prevalent pain conditions in America.  At any given time, it is estimated that 30 million people are suffering from back pain.   In fact back pain is the second most common reason for visits to a doctor’s office (the first reason being upper respiratory infections)  Most back pain is due mechanical or non-organic causes – meaning they are not fractures, cancer or infection. Although chiropractors do more than treat back pain, it is one of the most common reasons that people visit a chiropractic office.

The back is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, joints and muscles.  Ligaments can be sprained, muscles can be strained, disks may rupture and joints may inflame, all of these conditions will cause pain in the back.  Sports injuries and accidents are common causes of back pain, but arthritis, poor posture, obesity and stress also significantly contribute to back pain.

Chiropractors address back and neck pain by adjusting the spine.  Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective for treating spinal pain.  It reduces pain, decreases the need for medication and enhances physical therapy.  The Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research has recently stated that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first.  It also stated that chiropractic care was the only safe and effective drugless form of initial professional treatment of low back pain.

(Upon arriving for your appointment, you will discuss your health history with Dr. Petermeier.  This will help determine the cause of your pain and help develop the best treatment for you and your spine.

Tips to help prevent back pain.

  • Consume healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight
  • Stretch and warm up before activities such as gardening and snow shoveling (see stretching and exercise)
  • Avoid sedentary behaviors
  • Use proper posture
  • When lifting, bend at the knees, lift with the knees and keep the object you are lifting close to your body
  • Quit smoking, smoking deprives spinal tissue of oxygen and nutrients
  • Wear comfortable, low heeled shoes
  • Use a side lying sleeping position on a medium firm mattress
  • Stay physically active – under supervision of your Doctor of Chiropractic

“My need to see a chiropractor came one day when I reached over to open up my kid’s dresser drawer, when I went to stand up, I could feel major pain in my lower back. I called around till I found a chiropractor that could get me in that day. Dr. Petermeier was able to get me in and adjusted that day. She took the time to listen to what I had to say about my low back and asked some questions about my past health, and also wondered about trauma that had happened to my low back. I started to realize that the problem most likely started when I had fallen on the ice earlier that year. After my first adjustment, I felt a lot better, but Dr. Petermeier insisted on having me ice at home that night to make sure I didn’t feel sore from the adjustment. When I came back for my follow up visit, Dr. Petermeier told me my back already felt 70% better to her. She adjusted me again that day, and then showed me stretches to do at home, and showed me how to sit with better posture. I periodically need an adjustment in different parts of my spine, and I love the fact that I don’t have to call days or weeks in advance to get an appointment. She has always taken great care of me, and has been a great help to many of my friends that I have referred in too.”