Today, when we experience any form of ache or pain in our body, many of us run to the medicine cabinet. And, while medicine has its definite place and function, it is medically recommended that medication usage be reduced to the minimum dosage prescribed to avoid any long-term damage to bodily organs or to prevent possible addiction. There are many musculoskeletal issues that, when taking medication, only cover the underlying reason for the pain and dysfunction. Upper back pain relief without medication can be accomplished, and the treatment result generally produces not only a reduction of pain but also a stronger, more resilient upper back musculature.
To achieve the goal of pain reduction and prevention of future upper back dysfunction, a patient seeking care from a chiropractic physician can receive the benefit of both. A chiropractor will be able to pinpoint the location of the dysfunction as well as the nature of the injury to begin a formal treatment plan. When required, diagnostic imaging may also be utilized to further confirm the type of trauma sustained at a specific location. This plan will generally include heat and ice therapy, physical therapy home and in-office exercises along with chiropractic manipulation. Depending on the nature and severity of the musculoskeletal injury, other treatment options may include massage therapy services, traction, ultrasound and electrical stimulation and possibly nutritional supplement recommendations. If a patient is committed to treatment and is an active participant in their care, pain medication can be avoided and long-term positive health benefits may be achieved.
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