A comment I hear a lot in the office, is “Oh, you do knees too?”, or fill in the blank with whichever joint you want. People most often associate chiropractic with low back and neck pain, but when it comes to other injuries, chiropractors don’t even show up on their radar. Why is that? I think most associate chiropractors with “the pop” and when you’re thinking about your elbow or knee, how would one possibly “pop” it?
Spinal adjustments were, no doubt, how chiropractic got its start. However, over time, and certainly in the last decade or two, chiropractic has evolved into much more than that. The profession has always evaluated the body from a global aspect, but now chiropractors are treating soft tissue disorders with various techniques as well as recognizing the need for strengthening programs for the treatment and prevention of pain. These techniques can be very effective in treating joint pain. So, the next time you or someone you know experiences knee, shoulder, wrist, etc. pain, I want you to consider calling your chiropractor first and here are three great reasons why:
- We don’t prescribe drugs. With the opioid epidemic ripping through America, you might think
twice before popping that next pain pill. In fact, medical doctors are more hesitant to even
prescribe them as regulations on them have increased. What does a pain pill do, anyway?
Some have anti-inflammatory components which can be beneficial. However, oftentimes we
find pain medication just masks the symptoms. Our goal is to get to the root of the problem.
- Our treatments are non to minimally invasive. We generally treat the body from the outside in to help your body heal itself from the inside out. Chiropractors can use a variety of techniques to do this. Techniques we use in our office include: myofascial release, massage, stretching and strengthening programs, acupuncture/dry needling and deep tissue class IV laser therapy. For our more complicated cases, we often recommend regenerative medicine techniques such as PRP injections or the use of umbilical or amniotic stem cells administered by our nurse practitioner.
- Chiropractic care is cost effective. Deductibles continue to rise and coverage continues to fall. Even “good” coverage can leave the patient with 20% of the bill. A study by Peterson CK, et al in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy showed that patients with confirmed herniated discs via MRI showed significant and similar improvements in both the nerve root injection and in the spinal manipulation group with the point being that the spinal manipulation was much more cost effective. One could conclude that this translates to other areas of the body, too, as for the purpose of this article we are discussing joint pain. Chiropractic is typically a covered service for most insurance plans. If it’s not, we offer affordable cash options through a program called ChiroHealthUSA. It allows us to give our patients an affordable, reduced price. Don’t forget that health savings accounts are a great way to pay for uncovered services such as acupuncture and massage! Either route you take, insurance or cash, you’re likely to save money taking the conservative approach.
Next time your knee flares up from that old high school injury or your elbow aches from too much golf,
give your chiropractor a call. They can likely help!
Peterson CK, et al. Symptomatic Magnetic Resonance Imaging–confirmed Lumbar Disk Herniation Patients: A Comparative
Effectiveness Prospective Observational Study Of 2 Age- And Sex-matched Cohorts Treated With Either High-velocity, Lowamplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy Or Imaging-guided Lumbar Nerve Root Injections. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2013;xx:1-8