When should I visit a chiropractor for my back pain?

Spinal Manipulation ChiropractorIn a recent post for Fox News, Dr. Bill Lauretti, an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College and media spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, mentions a few warning signs to determine when back pain means it’s time to visit a chiropractor.

These warning signs include pain radiating down the back of your legs, weakness or numbness in your feet or legs, loss of control of your bowel or bladder, deep, boring pain at night, or difficulty walking more than a block.

“The biggest problem with back pain is when it becomes chronic, and it’s a lot harder to treat at that point,” Dr. Lauretti said in the interview.

According to a Mayo Clinic study, back problems are among the most common medical issues people visit their doctor for annually.

In its evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, published April 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that physicians and patients treat acute and subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies, such as spinal manipulation.

Tai Chi for Back PainThe ACP published these guidelines to present evidence and recommendations on drug-free and noninvasive pharmacologic treatment of low-back pain. Other treatment recommendations include massage, acupuncture, tai chi, and yoga, which many NYCC students and alumni practice and employ (with the right training) in their own practices.

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