Back pain costs Americans more than $50 billion in health care costs each year.
Add in wages lost and decreased productivity with back pain, and the cost estimate rises to over $100 billion.
Your back from head-to-tail (between your occiput and sacrum) is a complex system of 24 vertebrae, separated by disks, connected by ligaments, and supported by muscles and tendons.
This incredible structure works together to provide support, and allow movement, while providing protection to your spinal cord and the nerves that emerge from within.
Excess tension, stress and injury can damage any part of this system, causing pain, spasm, and debilitating symptoms.
- Muscle Strain / Ligament Sprain
- Degenerative Disk Disease / Degenerative Joint Disease
- Bulging or Herniated Disk
- Spinal Radiculopathy
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spondylolisthesis / Spondylolysis
- Spinal Vertebral Fractures
- and others.
There are three main treatment approaches for treating back pain.
1. First-Line Conservative Therapies including chiropractic, acupuncture and massage.
2. Pain Medication including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), muscle relaxant drugs, and highly addictive opioid medications.
3. Invasive Surgery including disk repair or removal, spinal fusion or other invasive procedures.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommend...
...people with back pain, neck pain or headaches seek conservative spinal manipulative care as provided by chiropractors
....pursuing more costly and more dangerous treatments such as addictive prescription opioid medications or invasive surgery.
Only after a car accident in 2001 left Dr. Freitag with constant headaches, neck and back pain did he try chiropractic. After going through physical therapy, and taking pain medications and muscle relaxants with little success, he reluctantly tried chiropractic for the first time. He was truly amazed by the results he felt, even after just the first visit. That experience set Dr. Freitag on his chiropractic journey.