Chiropractic Care & Pain Management: Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects almost 20% of United States adults, according to the 2016 National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of chronic pain, along with neck pain, knee pain, and migraines.

Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

In recent years, health care providers have begun restricting access to certain types of pain medication due to the opioid epidemic in the United States. Consequently, many who suffer from chronic pain are seeking help from a chiropractor for comfort and wellness (without the use of drugs that can have potentially dangerous or addictive side effects).

Chiropractic medicine involves a hands-on approach, using manual therapy to place the spine joints of the body back into their natural alignments. This restores the natural mechanics of the body’s musculoskeletal system, reducing stress on the nervous system and, as a result, reducing pain and increasing range of motion.

Patient receiving chiropractic treatment.

Conditions That Benefit From Chiropractic Care

A number of conditions that cause chronic pain can benefit from chiropractic treatment:

  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Chronic Back Pain/Neck Pain
  • Issues Caused by Osteoarthritis

*Note: while chiropractic care is appropriate for osteoarthritis, we recommend careful consideration before seeking chiropractic care for pain associated with inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. However, nearby joints that aren’t suffering from inflammation can be adjusted and treated to reduce stress and pressure on an inflamed joint and reduce discomfort to a manageable level.

What You Need to Know Before Your Appointment

In preparation for your first visit, your chiropractor will meet with you and evaluate your condition and health before performing any chiropractic adjustments. It’s vital that your chiropractor completely understands your health history before embarking on a treatment plan

Your chiropractor may also recommend complementary treatment to help with your pain, such as acupuncture or physical therapy.

After Your Chiropractic Treatment

It typically takes a few visits to start feeling the full benefits of chiropractic treatment. Patients with chronic pain conditions may benefit from regularly scheduled chiropractic appointments to manage conditions. 

At Meridian, our chiropractors may also suggest additional therapies following your appointment, such as application of heat or ice, massage, and stretching.

Call Meridian HealthCare For Chiropractic Services

Chiropractic care is a safe, proven, and drug-free method of relieving pain or chronic discomfort that prevents you from fully enjoying life. 

Meridian HealthCare’s chiropractors are all licensed doctors of chiropractic. Only licensed chiropractors should perform spinal manipulation and other forms of manipulative therapy used in chiropractic treatment. To make an appointment for Meridian’s chiropractic services, please call 330-797-0074 and ask for our chiropractic or acupuncture services.