Earlier this week, we addressed lower back pain and a few non-drug therapies that can help bring relief. But there’s one specific kind of treatment option that we didn’t dive into: Spinal manipulation, which can come in many forms.
Lower back pain can be caused by a plethora of reasons, ranging from injury to aging and, in some cases, it can be debilitating, rendering a patient unable to work regularly or at all. But for some patients, finding a form of spinal manipulation, which is sometimes referred to as spinal manipulative therapy, that works for them can help them get back on their feet.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that spinal manipulation, when performed by a trained professional or executed in the method prescribed by a pain doctor, is safe and often effective, particularly in cases of chronic pain. And while it may not entirely replace drug therapy, spinal manipulation, exercise and stretching that is focused on the spinal cord can help mitigate pain. Some insurance plans even partially or fully cover this form of therpy, because it is cost-effective has relatively few side-effects.
If you think spinal manipulation may help your chronic lower back pain, or if you’re just looking to speak with pain doctors who are open to alternative, multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment options, book an appointment with the Washington Center for Pain Management. A true multidisciplinary pain management center, WCPM can help find you the treatment plan that’s right for you.