Well, let’s see… I’ve had back pain for 26 years now and I’m not likely to ever be “cured.” You see, I have scoliosis and, while the 5 years of wearing a back brace did help, I will always have a curved spine. In addition to the congenital defect, I injured the lower dics (right where the curve is) a few years back.
Now, when I was going to see a regular M.D. for relief, I was usually given a prescription for ibuprofen and bed rest. Not bad, but not really helpful
After the injury, I decided to try a chiropractor; this woman was recommended by someone whose opinion I valued. That turned out to be one of the best health decisions I’ve ever made. Yeah, I had to make frequent visits at first (3 a week for 5 weeks) but damnit! I was barely able to walk on my first visit and by the time I left I was actually able to stand upright. The visits tapered off as I improved and I’m now seeing her twice a year and as needed. (For example, if I’m not taking breaks to stretch while I’m studying.)
She has never tried to cure me of anything except back pain nor has she tried to tell me that chiropractors can heal leprosy and raise the dead. It’s all about the back and how to keep it healthy. She has, however, recommended certain types of exercise and forbidden others. I can dance, use the treadmill, lift weights (carefully!), and practice yoga. I cannot do any running (as exercise,) martial arts are verboten, as are any high-impact sports. Nor does she expect me to run to her office at the slightest twinge; most days some stretching, a little heat and maybe an ibuprofen or two, are more than enough to relieve my back pain. Oh, and I bought a new mattress. A really, really firm one.
As for the expense: she charges on a sliding scale. Her practice is accepted by most insurance companies but I’m just a poor, struggling student for whom real insurance is but a distant dream. I pay the minimum amount, which hasn’t changed in 9 years.
I’ll never be free from pain but I can keep it to a minimum and part of that process is seeing my chiropractor when, and if, necessary and paying attention to her advice.