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Yours in health;
Dr. Tom Dunlap
LOW BACK PAIN
Statistically speaking, low back pain is probably one of the top conditions for which millions of Americans seek care from chiropractors annually. Recent studies indicate that 85 percent of adult Americans will suffer disabling low back pain at some point in their lives. Researchers say that at any given time 6.8% of the US adult population is
suffering from back pain lasting for more than two weeks.
WHAT CAUSES LOW BACK PAIN?
There are any numbers of reasons as to why someone’s back may hurt. These can range from serious health problems such as with cancer and infections to acute injuries such as from a fall or trauma.
Most frequently, the leading causes of back pain we see in our clinic are do to stress. This could be physical stress incurred with poor lifting techniques, years of wear and tear from hard work, or even years of sitting around and not doing much, such as lying in a recliner all day.
WHAT MAKES THE BACK ACHE?
There are a number of pain sensitive structures within the low back. Typically the most
common structures causes pain in the low back involve the disc, ligaments. nerves, muscles, and tendons. When these structures become stressed, irritated, stretched, or inflamed back pain can often occur.
Treatment for back pain can vary, depending upon the type of pain which exist, and from the type of health care provider being seen. Medical doctors typically treat with medication, Usually in the form of pain pills or muscle relaxers. While these medications offer some with relief, many times they do not address the underlying cause of the problem. Patients who do not respond well to pain medications are typically referred for either spinal injections or surgery.
THE CHIROPRACTIC APPROACH
At Dunlap Chiropractic, P.C. we help people daily find relief of back pain. It is safe to say that over the years we have helped thousands of Four State residents relieve their back pain. This would include people who have suffered from chronic low back over the years, to patients who just “bent over and picked something up the wrong way.”
At our office we employ a variety of techniques, each one planned to get you relief as quickly as possible, with the goal of addressing the underlying cause of the pain.
The tools and techniques we use in our office to address your specific problem are numerous. These could include one, and many times a combination of the following procedures: chiropractic adjustments by hand, chiropractic adjustments with a low force adjusting instrument for weak or tentative patients, physical therapy, acupuncture, auricular therapy, trigger point therapy, traction, or exercise.
ABOUT DR. DUNLAP
While a lot of chiropractic offices have come and gone over the years, I have been in full time practice, at this same location since 1987. During this time it has been my most sincere pleasure to work with and for, some of the nicest, friendliest patients in the Four
I am a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. This is where
chiropractic was created in 1895. At Palmer I was blessed with the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques from some of the finest instructors in the world. It was there that
I learned about the history of our profession, and began to employ some of the true and tested, as well as some of the more contemporary methods of healing.
Since graduating from Palmer, I have gone on to further my education in a number of areas. Currently I am the only doctor in this part of the state recognized as a Distinguished Fellow in Chiropractic Biophysics. This is a very demanding course of
study, which teaches doctors how to provide a high level of care to their patients, which in turn allows doctors to teach patients methods which they can employ to strengthen and stabilize areas of weakness in their spine. Presently there are only a handful of doctors in Missouri who have completed this training, most of them are either in Kansas City or St. Louis.
I am one of only several doctors in the Joplin area to have gone back to school and received additional training in acupuncture. In our office, I do not perform the traditional forms of acupuncture which employ the insertion of needles into the body. Instead, we
utilize what is known as electro acupuncture. Both traditional acupuncture and electro acupuncture work extremely well. The advantage of electro acupuncture is that the treat-ments require much less time, and for those who hate needles, don’t worry, there are no
Additionally, I am one of the few doctors in Missouri who has undergone additional training and is recognized as a Certified Insurance Claims Consultant.
Over the years I have, and remain very active in our state and local chiropractic associations. In the past I have served as President of the Four State Chiropractic
Association, and as President of the Missouri State Chiropractic Association Political
FREE CONSULTATION CERTIFICATE
As you can imagine, having been in practice for a number of years, we maintain a very busy office. However, we are committed to helping as many people in the community as we can. Time permitting, we do offer a limited number of FREE CONSULTATION CERTIFICATES. I have been told on more than one occasion that these are worth their weight in gold.
With this FREE CONSULTATION CERTIFICATE, this will give you an opportunity to come in and meet with me personally. If I think that chiropractic can help you I will tell you, and if not I will tell you that too.
If you have been suffering or are in pain at this time, I encourage you to complete the form below, and lets see if something can be done to help.
Life is too short to be in pain. Fill out the form today.
I wish you the best in health.
Dr. Tom Dunlap