Chiropractic Maintenance Care for Chronic Episodic Low Back Pain: What is it and Does it Work?
Back pain is a common and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In Australia, at any given moment, 16% of the population report having back pain. Chronic episodic low back pain is the the particular sub-type of pain that comes and goes in attacks or episodes and many people who suffer such episodes seek help from chiropractors, who offer a variety of treatments such as spinal adjustments, exercise, and rehabilitation. One chiropractic approach to chronic episodic low back pain has gained attention in recent years is chiropractic maintenance care, which is designed to prevent further episodes of low back pain by providing ongoing care and treatment.
So, what is chiropractic maintenance care, and how effective is it in managing chronic low back pain? In this blog post, we’ll explore the concept of chiropractic maintenance care and discuss a study that assessed its effectiveness in managing chronic episodic low back pain.
What is Chiropractic Maintenance Care?
Chiropractic maintenance care is a type of ongoing treatment that aims to prevent future episodes of low back pain by providing regular care and treatment. The goal of maintenance care is to maintain the health of the spine and nervous system by identifying and addressing any potential problems before they become more severe. When a patient presents for maintenance care their spine will be checked and adjusted if required, exercises may be modified or prescribed, and lifestyle advice and encouragement given.
The frequency of maintenance care can vary depending on the patient’s individual needs and condition. For some patients, maintenance care may involve monthly visits, while for others, it may be more frequent. Your chiropractor will determine the frequency of care by weighing up various factors such as age, history of injuries, diet and exercise levels, what kind of crazy hobbies and sports you might enthusiastically engage in, amongst other things.
The concept of maintenance care is based on the idea that regular maintenance and checkups can help prevent future problems from developing, much like how regular dental checkups can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.