Although it’s difficult to pin down hard numbers, nearly everyone will experience an episode of back pain at some point in their lives, and it’s estimated that some 20 percent of the population lives with chronic low back pain. Back pain often occurs for the first time when people are in their 30s or 40s and becomes more common with advancing age.
The back is an extremely complex structure. Along with all the joints of the spine and the ligaments which connect the bones, there are dozens of muscles and their associated tendons. With so many moving parts, there are a huge variety of issues which can cause pain—some minor and some major.
Muscular tension, trigger points and compressed nerves are all common causes of low back pain, as is chronic wear and tear. Disc problems such as bulging or herniated discs are sometimes the culprit, along with diseases such as osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis. Pain can also be the result of injuries such as sprains, strains, or fractures, which sometimes persists after the original injury has healed.
Chiropractic treatment for back pain focuses on manipulating the bones of the spine in order to properly align them. This relieves any undue pressure on discs, nerves, and the spinal cord itself. It releases muscular tension in the paraspinal muscles and once the spine is in proper alignment, redistributes weight and force along the spine so that no area suffers excessive stress.
Of course, every policy is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer, but in general, most health insurance policies cover the cost of chiropractic care for acute conditions. Some may even cover maintenance care or wellness visits, though this is less common. Most insurers require a copayment at the time of the visit.
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