The ‘Oh No!’ Face

Uh-oh. Now you did it.

That feeling when you just did something wrong – a sharp pain shot across your back or down your butt. You freeze in place. You feel like your next movement will cause the same pain to happen again. So you just freeze in place and wait for a minute, anticipating another shot of agony.

It’s hard to say with any certainty exactly what went wrong. It’s a different set of possibilities for every person and every circumstance. No matter what went wrong it is clear that you are on the edge of either your pain fading away into the background or exploding into the forefront. You have the unnerving feeling that this very pain can strike at any time.

It’s pain like this that leads a lot of otherwise healthy adults to engage in “activity avoidance”, which is the habitual non-enjoyment of life resulting from not doing the things you used to love to do because you are consumed with anxiety over possibly injuring yourself severely. To be fair, it is smart to want to avoid pain and injury. But you still need to remain active and use your body as fully as possible every day or else you are going to become more susceptible to having more and more back pain. It’s an unfortunate fact for you that exercising may cause injury but also that not exercising will cause de-conditioning and therefore eventual pain.

Check out this graphic:

Please note that this graphic says “Spinal Cord Injury” and “Muscle Paralysis”…you should substitute the words “Spine Injury” and “Muscle Weakness” into there to make it more appropriate to your probably level of injury. As you can appreciate the more you let your body deteriorate the more you will experience a deterioration in your general health.

Every week or month you spend in that lifestyle is just another shovel of dirt as you dig a hole into sickness and pain.

Wow, that sounded dire, didn’t it? Yeah, it did. And not to sound morose or fatalistic, but you truly should take your physical health very seriously. You only have one body. Surgery can help, sometimes, and doesn’t help other times. You can go get surgery and find out if you want to roll those dice. Probably not a great idea. Your body was issued to you with no warranty. Replacement parts aren’t anything like the originals.

Sheesh, this post is all DOOM and GLOOM, isn’t it? Not totally, because I’m about to type out the part where I offer hope and implore you to try chiropractic.

Here it goes:

We see patients walking in, or stumbling or shuffling in, all the time. We hear people relate the story of their injury on a daily basis, and this post and your pain is something we see all the time. Not every case ends with the patient pain-free and feeling 100%, but we have a decent enough success rate that you should definitely consider trying us out before moving on to more invasive or non-reversible methods. If you think you want to give us a call then do it now and we’ll take down your information and get you scheduled.

Your problem may take 1 visit to get you feeling almost normal again. Or it may take 10 or 20. There’s really no way to know other then to come in and get examined and get adjusted and found out. On the path to a solution you should generally go from least-invasive and least-medicated and then move on to more and more involved treatments and therapies. Chiropractic is a great place to start. If yours is a case we think we can help, we will try our hardest. If yours is one requiring an MRI or a referral to a different kind of provider, we will prescribe the MRI or send you to the other provider.

So…you’re lower back hurts?

Your back hurts?

Frederick chiropractor for low back pain
Look like you?

Here’s a reasonable course of action:

Step 1. Wait. Does it just go away on it’s own within a few day? If so, great. If not…

Step 2. Home Care. Does stretching it or putting a heat pad or ice pack on it make the pain go away? If so, great. If not…

Step 3. Go to the chiropractor. If, after one to three sessions your pain is not significantly diminished and you are not armed with the knowledge of what is causing the pain and provided with a method to address the issue on your own, then perhaps try…

Step 4. Painkillers/Muscle Relaxers. These should “do the trick” if the trick you want done is for a drug to hide your pain and relax your muscles. Just understand that pain is a useful signal and your muscles may very well be tight as a way for your body to protect your back from further injury. But these pills may certainly make you feel better. If pain is your only concern and healthy bio-mechanics and spinal health is not something you care about, then by all means next time just start at Step 4. If drug use for your back pain becomes a chronic problem and your pain is severe enough to be debilitating, then perhaps consider…

Step 5. Orthopedic or Surgical Consult. Not much fun at all.

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The above steps are not terribly complicated. Most people do not follow that logical path. Most people do something like this:

1. Hurt themselves via injury or via laziness and de-conditioning.

2. Ignore the pain and continue to hurt or de-conditional themselves.

3. Try drugs to make the pain “go away”.

4. If drugs do not work well enough, skip all non-invasive or conservative methods and go straight to your Primary Care Provider who will probably have no clue what to do and whom will then refer you to a PT (a reasonable thing to do) or an orthopedist. If a course of physical therapy doesn’t make the pain “go away” then surgery is on the menu.

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The American Association of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and numerous other organizations recognize chiropractic care as an appropriate and safe first-line conservative approach to effectively treat lower back pain (and neck pain). Still, less than 8% of people in the United States see a chiropractor. Most choose the “easy” route of drugs or denying a problem exists. They then mask the symptoms until they are so severe that surgery is the only option, or they just do nothing at all until it’s so bad there are very few options.

Do yourself a favor and if you are experiencing lower back pain, especially if it’s possibly disc or nerve related and is causing pain into the legs or buttocks, go to see a chiropractor (or even a PT or a massage therapist) and treat your very real and potentially very troubling pain in a responsible and conservative manner so that you preserve the useful life of your spine and don’t end up shuffling around when you’re 65 years old and unable to enjoy your retirement because you were too young and dumb or busy or whatever to make a better choice in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain…most Americans deal with severe lower back pain sometime in their lives, many Americans deal with it more than once every year, year after year after year.

For reasons beyond explanation with just a few paragraphs, most people do not utilize chiropractic care for their low back pain. This is despite the fact that the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians have both declared that chiropractic adjustments for low back pain is of “proven benefit“. Hundreds of high-quality research studies, published in some of the most prestigious medical journals, have declared that chiropractic adjustments are effective as a treatment for lower back pain, while being safe and having none of the side effects that drugs and surgery carry. In 1994 the US Department of Health and Human Services declared that chiropractic treatment for lower back pain was “the only doctor-delivered method shown to both relieve pain and improve function”. The American journal, Spine, as well as the European Spine Journal, have both declared chiropractic to be a safe and effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, spinal adjustments are consistently found to be more effective than all other treatments for low back pain, as well as a less expensive and all-natural option.

All these facts, and only about 10% of Americans (more likely less than that, actually) utilize chiropractic care.

Perhaps you should decide to choose the safe, non-addictive, non-surgery method of addressing your lower back pain? If you are ready to make that decision, visit the main Park Bench Chiropractic website now.

Frederick Chiropractors Show How Chiropractic Can Help Sciatica

Two chiropractors in Frederick that are practicing at Park Bench Chiropractic are known for helping their patients get rid of nagging sciatica, a type of pain caused by pressure or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This nerve that is found in the low back, buttocks, and leg can cause sharp pain, tingling and numbness, or other problems. Frederick chiropractors Dr. Romano and Dr. Schooley are trained in methods to reduce or eliminate back or leg pain or numbness due to sciatica.

Frederick Chiropractors offer treatment for Sciatica Pain

From a recent patient (N.R.):

At a recent visit to their warm and inviting office in Frederick, Dr. Romano showed how patients can get relief from low back or sciatic nerve pain. I was examined to make sure that the problem really is the sciatic nerve, and what exactly is causing the nerve pain, and then a treatment was recommended involving chiropractic adjustments. Sometimes the problem is caused by a muscle, sometimes by the disc, and sometimes just by the bones being misaligned and causing inflammation. I never knew it could be all those things! For me, it was the disc and this involved coming in to the office three times per week for a few weeks and being “adjusted”. The doctor places you on a padded table and adjusts your low back with his hands. Sometimes there is an audible “pop” and sometimes there isn’t.

It isn’t as scary as I thought it might be, and the relief is amazing. While chiropractic isn’t what everybody needs for their sciatic nerve pain, for me it sure did the trick. Both doctors are very similar in the way they treat patients, and they are very gentle – much more gentle than I thought this would be!

If you are suffering from sciatica or low back pain, stop by or call our office to set up a consultation. Park Bench Chiropractic is located in Frederick, Maryland at 1780 North Market St. Our office phone number is (301) 378-0334. We look forward to hearing from you soon!