Even though back and neck problems are commonplace, it is a good thing that generally they can resolve on their own. In reality, the usual result of spinal pain symptoms is most favorable with or without treatment.

It is challenging to determine which treatments are or are not successful because of the body's natural tendency of spinal-related pain to improve; ie the pain often ensides on its own regardless of whether you received any form of medical intervention. However, even with the body's natural ability to heal itself and get you out of pain, many people with back or neck pain experience pain that persists, gets worse, or comes and goes. If you are reading this article, chances are that your back or neck pain problem falls into the classification of not getting better by itself. The following is a list of the more common pain situations:

  • Chronic back or neck pain problems that persist for more than three months.
  • Back or neck pain flare ups that occurs from time to time over the course of several years.
  • Back and neck pain for which spinal surgery is recommended.
  • Back or leg pain that persists even after having spinal surgery. This type of pain is known as failed back surgery syndrome.

The aforementioned classes of pain do not resolve them away right away and can become frustrating for you and those near you. Getting the proper information about your back or neck pain problem is your most important resource for improving your spinal health.

Many times, the appropriate timing and implementation of treatment options is the key for you to get over your pain problem with success. For instance, you may see an improvement with physiotherapy treatments that include electrotherapy, ice, and heat in conjuction with an exercise program. In some cases, you may also receive spinal decompression.

The importance of treatment integration should involve chiropractic. Chiropractic is only appropriate in certain cases. You can improve the odds of having a good outcome from chiropractic if you include psychological preparation for chiropractic treatment especially if you have never been to a chiropractor nor have any knowledge of what a doctor of chiropractic does. You can also increase your chances of success by arming yourself with the right information about your situation should you wish to avoid drugs or surgery.

During the course of chiropractic treatment, a complementary rehabilitation program will follow and include exercise, psychological evaluations, physiotherapy, and, sometimes, a referral to a doctor of medicine for surgical consideration.

Keep in mind that there is an alternative to drugs or surgery to get rid of back or neck pain.