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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed workdays in America. One study found that back pain is the leading cause of disability, worldwide. On top of that, an average of $50 million dollars is spent annually on back disabilities.  Not only do these statistics confirm that back pain is a common problem, but also that many back pain complaints are not effectively treated.

Even though we specialize in internal disorders, we are still Chiropractors and can offer safe, effective, and natural treatments to ease your back pain.  Numerous peer-reviewed studies still point to chiropractic care as the safest and most effective treatment for back pain. Whether you have had years of pain or this is the first time, chiropractic care and manual therapies can offer relief.  We offer a variety of adjustments and therapies to tailor the treatment to fit the individual.  We feature Flexion-Distraction therapy, structural correction, activator technique, Thompson drop and myofascial treatments, which specialize in alleviating back pain, as well as acupuncture and massage services.  We can help you get back to normal quickly and with as few adjustments as possible. We do not prescribe any unnecessary treatments or extended care plans, only what you need to get back on your feet.

Back pain can be caused by mechanical dysfunction or more serious conditions, such as infections and autoimmune disease. The Doctors of Gateway Natural Medicine and Diagnostic Center have decades of experience in diagnosing and treating back pain properly and we are confident we can help you in your healing and recovery.

Herniated, slipped or bulging discs

A herniated or “slipped” disc in the low back can be a painful and debilitating injury. Most often, this occurs with a seemingly minor injury. The classic signs of a disc injury are pain radiating from the back down into the legs and oftentimes numbness in the same area. When this injury first occurs, getting around can be difficult. Treatments with the Flexion–Distraction adjustment are mild and more tolerable in cases of severe back pain than other types of chiropractic adjustment. The traction of the table can help to relieve pressure and irritation on injured discs to help to speed your recovery. Prompt care is important because disc injuries are a common reason for back surgeries. Early treatment can greatly improve your likelihood of a full recovery without surgery.

Flexion–Distraction Therapy (F/D)

Flexion–Distraction is a unique form of low back spinal traction. F/D can offer relief from back pain when other treatments may have failed. The results achieved with this specialized table are hard to duplicate with other low back treatments or adjustments. As opposed to some other forms of low back traction, the treatments are quick and take just a few minutes longer than a visit for a typical adjustment. Treatments just 2-3 times a week can produce quick results.

Flexion-Distraction is extremely effective for treating disc bulges or herniations in the low back. It is perfect for episodes of severe back pain and more gentle, making it suitable for patients in this situation. In addition to acute care injuries, it also works great for chronic low back pains.

If you have suffered with low back pain or are faced with the possibility of low back surgery, we urge you to give this a try.