BACK AND NECK PAIN
Focus on your life, not your pain! See How Your Body Feels and Functions at its Very Best!
Back pain is the most debilitating condition worldwide today. If you’re experiencing back pain, acute or chronic, you know this all too well. It accounts for more lost days of work and health care expenditures than anything else. From causing sleepless nights, to being short with loved ones to being less productive at work and even causing depression, back pain can take over your life. In the city of Chicago, when there is so much to see, do, and enjoy our goal at Gold Coast Chiropractic is to treat your back pain naturally and effectively so that our you can get back to enjoying city life.
Nearly 31 million Americans seek chiropractic care each year — why? Because chiropractic has consistently been shown to improve results, lead to higher patient satisfaction, and even lower costs compared to traditional care. With a thorough knowledge of how the structure effect the function of the human body, we make diagnoses and prescribe conservative treatment plans to treat back pain. Through spinal adjustments and other natural tools, we at Gold Coast Chiropractic provide a safe, natural, and effective treatment option that will treat back pain at its source, rather than masking the symptoms with prescription medication. In fact, research shows that chiropractic care can cut health care costs and have patients feeling better, faster with fewer side effects!
Although Dr. Fisher treats far more than back pain, many patients initially visit Gold Coast Chiropractic looking for relief from this common condition. Here are a few interesting facts about back pain:
- 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given moment
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work
- Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor’s office visits (upper-respiratory infections are first)
- One-half of all working Americans admit to experiencing back pain symptoms each year
- Experts indication that nearly 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain
Back Pain Facts and Statistics
What are the Symptoms of Back Pain?
Back pain has many different causes but the most common ones we see are:
- Your job (sedentary jobs, poor ergonomics, tough manual labor)
- History of back pain
- Previous contact sports
- Loss of curve in lumbar spine (low back)
- Abnormal Posture
This is why Dr. Fisher seeks to treat you, not your current symptoms. Through a patient evaluation, you’ll receive an individualized plan tailored to your lifestyle, needs, and conditions that will help you live your best life.
When it comes to back pain, a wide variety of symptoms can occur.
The most common symptoms of back pain are:
- Aching and Stiffness– temporary or chronic.
- Fatigues and Irritability
- Sharp pain in specific areas especially with movements such as bending, standing, twisting.
- Shooting pain in buttocks or legs.
- Muscle spasms.
- Pain that radiates out from a source point into the extremities.
- Difficulty standing straight without pain.
- Numbness or tingling in extremities.
- Hip pain.
It is important to note that there are a number of causes of back pain, each of which may have its own suite of symptoms including (but not limited to) those listed above.
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How does Chiropractic Help With Back Pain?
The first step is determining the best treatment for your back pain is determining the cause of your back pain. To begin with, Dr. Paul Fisher will take a thorough patient history. He needs to understand what could be causing your back pain and just as importantly, your goals. After this history, Dr. Fisher will proceed to the examination.
At Gold Coast Chiropractic, we will use some or all of the following in determining the cause and appropriate treatment of your low back pain:
- Initial physical exam
- Computerized Posture Evaluation
- Reflex tests
- Range of Motion Evaluation
- Neurological and Orthopedic Evaluation
- X-rays and imaging of the spine, neck and head
In chiropractic care, the specific treatments used are highly tailored to your symptoms and needs. Chiropractic adjustments are a central tenet to treatment because they have consistently shown to have the greatest effect . Our primary goal at Gold Coast Chiropractic is to get our patients back to living Chicago life to the fullest, while feeling their absolute best.
How Gold Coast Chiropractic Can Help Your Back Pain
At Gold Coast Chiropractic our goals are get you out of pain and back to living your life. After all, Chicago has so much to offer, you can’t feel cooped up inside! For some our patients the goal is being able to sit comfortably, for some it’s being able to sleep through the night, for others it’s being able to run and workout again. Whatever your back pain is preventing you from doing, we’re here to help. Dr. Fisher truly cares about his patients and their goals, and as part of your initial consultation, you will discuss what your individual goals are.
Other benefits that Gold Coast Chiropractic patients have received from care at our office include:
- Better sleep.
- Increased energy
- Fewer headaches.
- Increased flexibility.
- Reduced pain for unrelated issues.
- Decrease in joint pain.
- Reduction in allergy and asthma symptoms.
- Fewer ear and other infections.
- Better health during pregnancy.
- Better posture (including improvement of scoliosis).
- Improved reflexes and nerve function.
- Improved coordination
- Improved physical function and performance
- Relief from chronic injuries
- Increased energy
If you are experiencing back pain, no matter how slight or severe, call our office today for your consultation. While back pain is common, it is NOT normal — it is your body’s response to an internal issue. Chiropractic care from Dr. Fisher will help identify the source of your back pain.
Not all chiropractors are created equally. At Gold Coast Chiropractic, Dr. Fisher aims to provide the best care possible for each patient, tailoring to their individual goals and lifestyle needs, making the city of Chicago healthier one appointment at a time.
Dr. Fisher is truly at the top of his field, and has undergone extensive Post-Graduate training in whiplash injuries, headaches, posture analysis, pregnancy, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back treatment and scoliosis. He is Advanced Certified in Chiropractic Biophysics, Whiplash Biomechanics and Traumatology and has Masters in Conservative Scoliosis Management from ISICO. He has undertaken extensive studies in ligament injuries (the primary cause of chronic spinal pain) and has two studies pending publication, has spoken the relation of spinal alignment causing pain and dysfunction and has taught for the Illinois Chiropractic Society on conservative scoliosis and ligament injuries. Understanding ligament injuries gives Dr. Fisher a unique insight into how they cause chronic pain and also contribute to dysfunction of the nervous system and the body. He is also a member of Chiropractic Biophysics Non-Profit, , the Illinois Chiropractic Society, and the International Chiropractic Association.
You can rest assured that at Gold Coast Chiropractic, you’re receiving the best, most up to date care possible.