Chiropractic Care & Low Back Pain | Green Bay, WI | By Dr. Dan Wautlet
Finding a health care provider that can help someone suffering from low back pain can be confusing and expensive. Confusing, because of the myriad of treatments available for lower back pain (A recent commentary article in Spine Journal noted that there are over 200 different types of treatment available to low back pain sufferers!). Expensive, because it’s one of the top drivers of health care costs in Northeast Wisconsin.
Suffering from low back pain is more common that what you may be aware of. Epidemiological studies note that the “point prevalence” of low back pain is 25%. That means that at any given point in time, 1 out of 4 people have low back pain. The yearly prevalence of low back is 50%. That means that 1 out of 2 people experience back pain in a year. That’s a lot of low back pain! I tell patients that these studies indicate that it’s as “normal” or “common” to suffer from low back pain, just as it’s “normal” or “common” to suffer from a toothache. When people have a toothache, they know what to do, they go to see a dentist. With back pain, people don’t know what to do. That’s why there’s over 200 types of treatment available for low back pain sufferers.
What people suffering from low back pain don’t know is that there are only a few recommendations for acute low back pain. Acute low back pain is defined as pain of less than 6 weeks duration. As a practicing chiropractor, I have found manipulation (often referred to as “adjustments”) to be extremely beneficial for acute low back pain. Current guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society are to use heat, take NSAID’s and keep active. If the implementation of those recommendations does not help, the only intervention recommended by these organizations is spinal manipulation. That’s pretty straight forward advice. There are other interventions available, but going to a health care provider who utilizes spinal manipulation is a great place to initiate care for low back pain.
I am a skilled practitioner in spinal manipulation, with more than 33 years of clinical experience. I also employ other effective interventions for not only acute but also chronic low back pain which are listed below.
My Back Pain Treatments Include:
- Joint manipulation and mobilization to improve mobility.
- Ultrasound, moist heat, ice, and interferential therapy to decrease pain, swelling, or to reduce muscle tightness.
- Manual muscle techniques, such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy to decrease pain and improve flexibility.
- Manual traction to reduce the pain of radiculopathy due to disc herniation.
- Nutritional recommendations ( if indicated ).
- Instruction in self-mobilizations ( positioning ) to decrease joint pain and to decrease pain associated with sciatica and disc herniations.
- Appropriate advice, activity modification and exercise, including supervised exercise, if applicable, to teach you how to manage your spine health, prevent future pain, and decrease your reliance on ongoing passive treatment for pain.
- I will work with your primary care provider or specialty provider to manage your condition if warranted.
- Referral to another specialist will be made if indicated
Typically, patients are discharged from treatment once our agreed upon goals have been reached. Patients are encouraged to return if they sustain an injury that inhibits their activities of daily living, or if they have low level pain which does not inhibit their activities of daily living, but has persisted for 3 consecutive days without responding to self-care techniques.
Contact Ashwaubenon Chiropractic Clinic today at 920-499-0123 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wautlet, or browse our website.
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Ashwaubenon Chiropractic Office
- 1071 Cormier Rd Green Bay, WI 54304
- Tel: 920 499-0123
- Fax: 920 499-5919