So you've hurt your back. Again. Who do you see about it this time? Are you going to need time off work? Is it going to be very expensive? And is it likely to occur again? The answer, like most answers, depends on context.
There are good reasons to see a chiropractor at Sports N Spine for episodes of back pain. A certain group of chiropractors are conservative spine care experts. We first take a history of your general health and screen you for any serious risk factors. We call these "red flags", and they include rare conditions that mimic mechanical low back pain, but require treatment elsewhere.
We also screen for what treatment type will be best for you. We use the STarT back tool to assess if you fall into a high, medium or low risk category for recurrence of the condition. This also helps us determine if you may need a different approach to the services we provide.
Having screened you for these conditions, we can then move forward with a more thorough assessment. Our exam looks at what you can and can not do functionally, and we match this to outcomes that are real and important to you. Together, we come up with goals to work quickly towards.
After an assessment, we will provide you with a same day diagnosis and treatment, along with a prognosis for your outcome. This may include advice, exercises, soft tissue massage, spinal manipulation, suggestion on medication or medical referral and application of heat, ice other home remedies. We always keep it practical, especially in regards to what you need to do from day to day at home or work (ie, how to get in and out of bed easier etc). Everything is done on the first visit.
We also send the exercises to you through a video application. Many patients find these reminders helpful.
Good luck to you if you are currently experiencing back pain. While it is useful to seek professional advice, it's also very useful to keep things in perspective. Back pain is the number 1 cause of disability in the world, most other people have experienced an episode of back pain. It is usually self limiting and innocuous, although admittedly it can be very painful and worrying. Expensive scans are usually not required. Back pain can be recurrent. One analogy to compare this to is like the chronic condition, asthma. At some points in time, it may remain dormant. At other times, it may require ongoing professional management. At in some cases, it can become very severe and require more attention from professionals. The most important and empowering thing you will recieve from our Chiropractor at Sports N Spine is updated advice and education so that you are empowered to manage this condition in the best possible and most cost effective way.