Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

December 15, 2011

#1 Treatment for Back Pain

Back Pain is what brings most patients to the Chiropractor

Back pain will affect almost everyone. Back pain will at some point cause almost everyone to miss work. Once a person has had back pain, they will have it again. The natural history is that it will gradually get worse, episodes will occur more easily be more difficult to recover from and full recovery to full function will be illusive.

Causes of back pain are many but most is considered “mechanical” back pain, otherwise referred to, ironically, as “simple” back pain. I say ironic because in general all the experts are in the dark as the precise cause at any given time of anyone in particular’s back pain.

The other bad news is that mainstream medicine has not much to nothing to offer. Pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, etc. all may or may not help. They all have unwanted side effects that are nearly as bad or worse than having the back pain.

What’s worse is that if the pain does not go away with these measures a patient is referred for Physical Therapy. That may or may not be beneficial in relieving the pain. Hopefully it is because there is still a tendency (in our area at least) to recommend back surgery – even in these times when almost all the evidence is generally against recommending it – which is not at all likely to help in the long run. Well, I take that back, it helps run up the cost of health care. It helps generate revenue for mainstream medicine (think MRIs, the anesthesiologist, the hospital, the surgeon, etc., etc.).

A marketing guy on the phone with me the other day wanted to demonstrate how poorly placed my websites were on the internet by Goggling “back pain, Everett, WA”. My site wasn’t at the top (the expensive providers who pay out a bundle to get placed there were there, of course).

I offer this post not so that everyone in Everett with back pain finds me when the do a Google search. This post is just a reminder to my main audience (my patients) that I have 7 years worth of posts on preventing back pain, and avoiding back pain, and on rehabilitation after back pain to restore function to the highest possible level. I have also written several articles on the subject, and offered presentations in the office, and out in the community, including classes and workshops on a wide variety of subjects.

To those searching for relief of back pain, that’s what almost all chiropractic doctors mostly do. We do a lot of that. Any patient, whether consistently active in their maintenance program of exercises and occasional visits to my office or the offices of other provides, will get into trouble and have back pain now and then. These patients will come in for relief of their back pain and help in getting back into an appropriate level of exercise and activity.

Wellness is not about back pain or any other pain for that matter. Mostly we try to get patient’s attention focused on the benefits of wellness rather than just relief: relief can be very short-lived if it is not followed by health practices.

So if wellness and prevention, health and a healthy lifestyle is what you are looking for, you will feel right at home in our office and feel the rapport immediately on any of my websites. The best patients to our practice are the ones who have found this Blog and spent some time looking at it, maybe the Tai chi site, and our main office site. They know who we are, what we stand for and how we practice. They feel comfortable before they even get to the office, whether or not they initially have back pain.

You are not a “back pain” case. You are a person who happens to have back pain. There is a reason why patients of chiropractic doctors are consistently happier with their care than patients of mainstream medical providers: we know the difference.

Oh, I forgot to mention the #1 treatment for back pain. See all of my workplace wellness posts on this blog. Search “bending & lifting” on this Blog. Get adjusted by a good chiropractor on a regular basis. Do tai chi or yoga daily. Eat the recommended 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Drink enough water. Get enough sleep. And figure out a way to be happy (or at least pretend to be happy). Learn how to breath, stand, sit, walk, bend & lift, and get up and down off the ground properly. To the extent you do some or all of these things you will be less likely to get back pain, more likely to recovery fully from back pain, and experience less pain, discomfort, and disability when you do get back pain.

Call us at (425) 348-5207 for help.



  1. Great post. Great chiropractors are never concerned with being #1 on google search. Chiropractic is the #1 treatment for any back pain.

    Comment by Eric Schonhard — December 24, 2011 @ 4:02 am

  2. Thanks Eric!

    Comment by doctordilday — December 24, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  3. I was going to make a separate blog post, but…

    A patient came in last week with right foot pain lasting nearly two months. Her ankle made “clicking” noises which she demonstrated for me.

    I adjusted her foot and ankle. The clicking noise was gone. The foot pain disappeared immediately. (Just so you know, I also found that she needed adjustments to the pelvis and lower back as well as the neck.)

    Also, just so that you know, I contacted her to ask how she was doing this week: still no noise; still no pain. Walking is a breeze.

    Just another day at the office…

    Comment by doctordilday — December 28, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

  4. […] These are the opening comments of a patient seen in our office today. It describes the so-called natural history of back pain which I have spoken of here previously. […]

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  5. […] In the context of a workplace wellness program it is important to know what you hope to achieve. It helps if you can measure it somehow. And it helps if the outcome hoped for, achieved and measured is one that makes a difference. […]

    Pingback by The Rise of Workplace Wellness « Everett Chiropractic Center Blog — May 6, 2012 @ 1:24 am

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  7. Came clueless, left worried. Thanks for the post. Im astounded by people who want to know the universe when its hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.

    Comment by Dillon Kales — July 29, 2016 @ 7:40 am

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