Your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body. The skull protects your brain while the spinal cord is protected by 24 moveable bones of the spine. As a result of the way your spine is designed, improper motion or position of these spinal bones can irritate or choke delicate nerves thus decreasing the function of the body causing pain and discomfort.
At Bradley Chiropractic Center, Inc. we are trained in the detection, reduction, correction, and prevention of spinal related problems, thus decreasing and eventually eliminating aches and pains.
Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day. Improper sitting or lifting, over-exertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities can be the cause.
Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking "fingers" at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated, and inflamed.
Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. The result is often numbness, tingling, or pain down the leg. Cutting away the bulging disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and cushion the adjacent bones. This rarely addresses the underlying structural cause(s) of the problem.
In the past, treatment has involved bed rest, pain medications, muscle relaxers, and even surgery. Surgical treatment often involves removing these facet joints, exposing the spinal cord! Bradley Chiropractic Center, Inc. care is safer and often more effective than surgery.
Our approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal bones by spinal manipulation. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery.
Guidelines published by the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) concluded that spinal manipulation was one of only three treatments for acute low back pain for which there was at least moderate research-based evidence of effectiveness.
Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. The study demonstrated that in more than 33% of the people who experience low-back pain, the pain lasts for more than 30 days. Only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later.
Source: Croft PR, Macfarlane GJ, Papageorgiou AC, Thomas E, Silman AJ. Outcome of low back pain in general practice: a prospective study. BMJ 1998;316:1356-1359.