Local law enforcement is a demanding job and active-duty police officers are subject to low back pain, which may respond well to chiropractic treatment
Chiropractors, who are experts at treating lower back and neck pain, can help provide relief for many of the back and neck issues that are common in law enforcement.
“Depending on the exact cause of your pain, chiropractic treatment could offer a good deal of relief for your neck and back discomfort without surgery,” says Raven Atkins, D.C., a specialist in Chiropractic Medicine at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
According to Dr. Atkins, neck and back pain is frequently caused by muscle spasms, pinched nerves, or poor posture that’s stressing the musculoskeletal system.
She says these conditions often respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments.
“Anyone with persistent neck or back pain should be examined by a medical doctor or chiropractor before returning to their normal activities,” she cautions. “Otherwise, the condition could worsen.”
Dr. Atkins also cares for patients with “whiplash,” an injury typically affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments.
“When the neck is forced beyond the normal range of motion – as in auto accidents, contact-sports, or accidental falls – the patient may suffer a whiplash injury,” she says. “Manual manipulation and pressure techniques may help provide considerable pain relief.”
As part of our multidisciplinary Spine Center, Dr. Atkins works with our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists, Interventional Pain Management physician, and affiliated neurosurgeons to tailor the most effective treatment for patients with spinal disorder.
“Preventing neck and back problems can be the healthiest option of all. Try to maintain a healthy weight, practice good posture, and exercise regularly,” says Dr. Atkins, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Berthelsen Main Campus, Tanglewood Clinic, Pasadena Clinic, and Pearland Clinic.