Spinal Pain SpecialistsGilbert, AZ
The spinal pain specialists at Gilbert Physical Medicine can diagnose and treat spine-related pain to help you get back to feeling like yourself again. Pain in the back, neck and any part of the spine can interfere with your mobility and quality of life. Our team uses state-of-the-art methods to help patients overcome spinal pain and get back to their lives.
Spinal pain specialists are available at Gilbert Physical Medicine. We will help you discover what is causing your spinal pain and recommend the right course of treatment. Call 480-545-0000 for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Impact of Spinal Pain
Neck, back, and spine-related pain is a worldwide burden. It is hard to find a life unaffected by it in some capacity. In the United States alone, back pain is the leading cause of disability in those younger than 45. The economic effects of back pain can be seen in huge healthcare costs and millions of hours of lost work and productivity. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss work or go to the doctor.
Those who suffer personally suffer from spine-related pain know all too well how debilitating and frustrating it can be. It can impact not only one's comfort and ability to function but also impact their mental health and wellbeing. One study of older people in the United States found that participants noted significant effects on their social and emotional lives by saying the their pain "forced them to avoid certain settings and activities, causing them to miss out on important social functions."
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About Spine Related Pain
Spinal pain is complicated and has a wide range of causes. Common causes include sudden and repetitive motion injuries, structural problems, and conditions and diseases. It can be hard to diagnose spinal pain, and sometimes what appears to be spinal pain is actually originating in another organ or part of the body.
It is helpful for patients to understand how healthcare professionals talk about back pain to describe their pain accurately. Talking to a healthcare professional accurately about pain is the first step toward getting to the source of it. Practitioners tend to describe back pain in three following ways:
- Acute pain. Arises suddenly and lasts days to weeks.
- Chronic pain. May come on fast or slow and last longer than 12 weeks.
- Subacute pain. Comes on suddenly and lasts four to 12 weeks.
In addition to the description of the pain, a practitioner will take into account factors that play a major role in spinal pain, such as age, a person's job, activity level, genetics, posture, and weight.
Benefits of Seeing a Spinal Pain Specialist
Because spine pain is so complicated and can be difficult to diagnose, it helps to see a healthcare practitioner with intimate knowledge of the spine. Chiropractors focus mainly on treating conditions of the spine. In addition, they know how the spine impacts the rest of the body and have years of experience managing pain. These spine pain specialists have the in-depth knowledge necessary to pinpoint the source of pain to help match patients with a treatment that addresses the cause for lasting relief.
An added benefit is their minimally invasive approach. Our team focuses on non-surgical solutions for spinal pain. Also, our team approaches pain management without the use of prescription drugs. We strive to find the most conservative and natural solutions to spine pain that provide lasting relief so our patients can get back to living their lives to the fullest.
Spinal Pain Treatment
Our team uses a number of non and minimally invasive therapies to treat spinal pain, including chiropractic adjustments and gentle manual manipulation. These treatments focus on correcting the position of the vertebrae to reduce pain and restore mobility and function. Our chiropractors have successfully used this therapy to combat spinal pain from poor posture, wear and tear, aging, and injuries such as whiplash, stiff neck, and herniated discs.
Spinal decompression is another non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical approach to treating spinal pain. Our spinal pain specialists use an FDA-cleared machine to relieve pressure on the vertical disks that cushion the spine. This technology gently stretches the spine and realigns the vertebrae helping the patient achieve lasting relief from pain caused by compressed vertebral disks. We have successfully used spinal decompression to treat many of the same conditions listed above, including sciatica, degenerative disc conditions, bulging discs, and pinched nerves.
How Our Treatment Works
Our approach to treating spinal pain differs for each patient. Because Gilbert Physical Medicine knows there is no one-size-fits-all solution for something as personal and complicated as spinal pain, we customize our treatment plans to each individual. We never recommend any treatment without a thorough exam and medical history, including in-house diagnostic.
Our spinal pain specialists aim to find the source of the pain. We strive to discover the root cause and treat it, not just the symptoms. What this results in are lasting pain relief and a healthier spine. Though results vary by patient, many of our patients report relief after one or just a few treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some non-spine-related issues that can manifest as back pain?
Issues with the organs can sometimes manifest as back pain. For example, lower back pain can result from kidney stones or a kidney infection. Our team does a thorough exam with diagnostics before treatment to be sure to locate the true origin of the back pain.
What can I do at home to prevent spinal pain?
In addition to treatment, our team is proud to educate patients on how they can treat, minimize or prevent back pain at home. Having good posture while still sitting, walking, or lifting is key. In addition, we advise the use of necessary back support when needed, such as a back belt. It is important to maintain a healthy weight as excess pounds put a strain on the back and spine.
How does your team diagnose spinal pain?
A knowledgeable staff member will evaluate your medical history and symptoms. Then, they will do a physical exam and ask questions about your pain. It is important to be as detailed as possible. If necessary, we will conduct X-rays or other diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your spinal pain.
What kind of education and training does a chiropractor have?
A chiropractor is typically in school for about eight years. Typically, the practitioner earns a bachelor's of science in a science-related subject. After earning their undergrad degree, chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited institution. Then the chiropractor must pass the necessary state and national licensing exams to practice.
Is Chiropractic care safe for the spine?
If performed by a licensed and qualified professional, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective for spinal pain. However, some should avoid certain treatments, such as chiropractic adjustment. We do a thorough evaluation to ensure we are recommending safe treatments for the patient.
Call Us Today
No one should have to live with debilitating spinal pain. The spinal pain specialists at Gilbert Physical Medicine can help. Call us today at 480-545-0000 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Gilbert Physical Medicine is located at 725 W Elliot Rd Suite #115 Gilbert, AZ 85233.
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