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7 Uncomfortable Questions For and From Your Chiropractor

7 Uncomfortable Questions For and From Your Chiropractor

When you’re looking for a new chiropractor, you’ll have to be ready to face some uncomfortable questions.  Sometimes, you’ll have to discuss your sexual health. It’s usually awkward for a few moments, but the information is valuable in helping your chiropractor develop an effective treatment plan for your back pain. 

To help you prepare, here are five uncomfortable questions I encounter regularly and two I usually need to ask. 

Uncomfortable Questions You Should Ask Your Chiropractor

Sexuality is a profoundly private and personal part of our lives that most of us don’t like to share with strangers. However, sexual function and pain are frenemies, so these questions help me guide you in the next treatment step.

#1:  Can back pain decrease my sex drive?

Yes.  Sex should feel good.  So, what happens when it’s painful?  Suppose you experience back pain in the throes of passion. In that case, you’re likely to experience anxiety whenever you consider doing it again. This can lead to self-doubt, depression, and lower libido. 

#2:  Can back or neck pain lead to erectile dysfunction?

Yes.  ED is a slow, silent killer of passion. Sometimes, the problem is in the lower back.  Recent research that looked at men under 50 with lower back pain found that 34% of them also had erectile dysfunction.  If erectile dysfunction and lower back pain are a concern, call our Norwalk clinic for an appointment. We may be able to help get you back to yourself and your partner.

#3:  Do I need to take off my clothes to receive treatment?

Yes.  But only your shirt. Just like a dentist needs to see inside your mouth, I need to see and feel your spine.  We respect your privacy and dignity, so you’ll be covered with a gown. 

#4:  I have chronic lower back pain.  How can I strengthen my pelvic floor?

A weak pelvic floor has a similar effect as erectile dysfunction.  It steals the passion out of life.  Many women with chronic low back pain worry about making that pain worse with pelvic floor strengthening exercises.  However, a trial study in 2013 found that women with chronic low back pain who did routine pelvic floor exercises had significantly less severity in their pain. Here are ten exercises to help you strengthen those muscles.

#5:  Why does my anus hurt if it’s back pain? 

There are many nerves in the lower back. Several connect to the organs in the pelvic cavity, including the anus.  Back pain may lead to anal pain.  You may feel intense itching or burning.  If this is a concern, try using ice packs on your lower back and a tailbone/hemorrhoid seat cushion to remove the pressure from your anus when you sit.

Uncomfortable Questions Your Chiropractor May Ask You

#6:  How is your sexual function?

This question is often the starting point of the conversation that leads to the above questions.  I don’t need to know the details, just the basics.  Can you perform?  Does it hurt? 

#7:  Have you or your partner recently had unprotected sex with someone other than each other?

Believe it or not, many people go weeks or even months without realizing they have a sexually transmitted disease.  An STD can wreak havoc on your body.  Severe infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis result in pain radiating from the pelvis to the lower back.

Asking your chiropractor uncomfortable questions is tough, but it’s how you take control of your health. If chronic spinal pain is becoming or has been an issue, it’s time to start healing from the inside out.  Most of that comes from you. We help you change behaviors outside the office.

Remember, there’s no hard-and-fast rule to maintaining good spinal health.  It’s a lifetime practice, not a medicine.  You don’t take a pill and get better. You put in the physical and mental work to heal. 

We’ll help you find real solutions to the pain that interferes with your life.  When you’re ready to start your journey, make an appointment at Slovin Chiropractic Center.  We’ll help you get back to yourself.

Sources:

Bio Spine Institute:  Help! My back pain is killing my sex life

Health Central: Erectile Dysfunction in Men with Low Back Pain

Journal of Internal Medicine:  Pelvic floor muscle exercises for chronic low back pain


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Lower Back and Gut Pain: Are They Related?

Lower Back and Gut Pain:  Are They Related?

You have a second brain. 

If that’s not the coolest thing you’ve read today, you should take a nap and wake up to reread it. 

Not many people realize they can see a chiropractor for back and gut pain.  They are related systems, and therefore should be treated together.  It’s not something you will need drugs or surgery for; thus, chiropractors can help you manage and relieve those symptoms.

What’s most interesting about how quickly our patients recover under our care is the connection their food and drinking habits have on their back pain and mood.  Now we know why.  It’s because we have a brain inside our gut, and it communicates with everyone else.

The Brain-Gut

Remember the last time you had to give a presentation, go on a first date, or do something new, and you felt those butterflies in your stomach?  How about when you made a difficult decision based on a “gut feeling”? 

We often write these off as something that happens in our minds because we think about it.  But you’re getting signals from your second brain in the gut.  Scientists named this little brain the enteric nervous system, two thin layers made up of over 100 million nerve cells lining your tract from the esophagus to the rectum.  It communicates with and affects the central nervous system—the pain center in the skull brain. 

The gut brain’s primary role is to control the entire digestive process.  However, while the brain-gut can’t recite a speech or solve complex math problems, it still communicates with the other brain to help the body function. Issues within the enteric nervous system lead to familiar symptoms like:

·         Diarrhea

·         Irritable bowel syndrome

·         Leaky gut

·         Bloating

·         Pain and stomach upset

·         Constipation

Many people find that back pain goes away for at least a little while when they fix their digestive tract.  That’s a sign your back and gut pain are related.  The good news is now you can fix it. 

The Role of Diet in Back and Gut Pain

You are what you eat.  I know we’ve all heard it, but it’s just as accurate now as when it started circulating across our communities.  The food and drinks you put into your body are used or rejected by the two brains.  Something you’re eating is likely the reason for nearly every episode of back and gut pain.  Many people don’t realize that today’s food is not as nutritious as 50 years ago.  The soil and its vegetation are regularly leached of essential nutrients and treated with pesticides or forced to grow through genetic modification. 

Back pain is just one symptom closely related to food-related gut pain.  Food sensitivities or allergies include other symptoms as well, like:

·         Nausea and vomiting

·         Irritability and nervousness

·         Excessive gas and cramping

·         Heartburn

·         Headaches or migraines

What To Do For Back and Gut Pain

There are a couple things you can do now to start moving in the right direction:

1.       Start an autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet.  Also called an elimination diet, it’s an effective way to determine which ingredient is causing the problem.  You start by removing all known and popular trigger foods like dairy, gluten, and sugar.  Then, you reintroduce them one at a time, very slowly, and journal how you feel for a couple of days.

2.       Get a food allergy test.  Most food allergy tests can be done from the comfort of your own home.  A simple skin prick test can determine if you have an allergic reaction to a specific food.  While this is helpful for allergies, it’s doesn’t reveal sensitivities. 

The goal is to start moving in the right direction of health.  Norwalk has many great activities, so we understand the importance of getting and staying on top of your game.  Receiving care at Slovin Chiropractic Center means you’ll work with a partner who can help you change behaviors outside the office, so you can stop the pain yourself.   

We’re here when you’re ready to get started. 

Sources:

Medical News Today: Can stomach problems cause lower back pain

Hopkins Medicine: The Brain-Gut ConnectionEveryday health: Lower back pain and digestive health


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Had an Accident? What Type of Doctor do you Need?

Had an Accident? What Type of Doctor do you Need?

For accident injuries, the type of doctor you see will depend on the extent of your injuries.  

One of three things will happen after an accident: 

  1. You walk away without any injuries, 
  2. You sustain mild-to-moderate injuries that require a visit to urgent care or a trip to your primary care doctor’s office, or 
  3. You suffer serious injuries that require ambulance or life-flight transportation for emergency care. 

In any case, it’s important to understand how the medical process works in personal injury cases, so you know what to expect and can ask the right questions.  

Type of Doctor to See When it IS an Emergency

If your injuries are severe and someone at the scene says you need to go to the hospital, listen to them. Try to remember that you are likely in shock after an accident, so it’s best not to drive anywhere, and follow the guidance of Norwalk’s first responders

If you experience any of the below symptoms, your accident injuries need immediate medical attention.  

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion 
  • Weakness
  • Profuse bleeding
  • Severe pain 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Head injury 
  • Neck or back injury
  • If you had any loss of consciousness, even if briefly
  • Deep cuts or lacerations
  • Broken bones

In this case, you’ll be treated in the emergency room. If you have a medical doctor you commonly see, they will be contacted and be responsible for coordinating your care with other medical specialists. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, the hospital will refer one, but you may also consult with specialists while in the emergency room or hospital. 

When Your Accident Injury IS NOT an Emergency

When there are mild-to-moderate injuries, you may not need to go to the emergency room. Instead, you’d go to an urgent care center or schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor. Even if you don’t think you have an injury, it’s best to follow up with your doctor because some problems—like internal bleeding and whiplash symptoms—can be “silent” for a few days before worsening suddenly.   

Why See Your Primary Care Doctor After An Accident

Your primary care doctor is your liaison into the complicated work of personal injury medicine. Your physician is the best person for this job because they’re going to know the most about you and be able to take a 40,000-foot view of your condition. Then, they can start sending you to medical specialists for consultations.   

At the specialist’s office, you’ll undergo a few studies, exams, and tests to give the doctor or surgeon an idea of what they can do to help you heal. They then send those recommendations to the primary care doctor, who communicates with your lawyer and the insurance companies to coordinate your care.

What Type of Specialists Will I See?

The medical specialists you see will depend on the extent and type of your injuries, but some of the most common include: 

  1. Chiropractor
  2. Orthopedic surgeon
  3. Radiologist
  4. Trauma surgeon
  5. Burn specialist
  6. Neurology or neurosurgery
  7. General surgery for any internal injuries
  8. Plastic surgeon
  9. Physical, vocational, or occupational therapists

No matter the injury, you’ll want to see a chiropractor who specializes in accident injuries like whiplash, long-term neck pain, and back injuries.  

At Slovin Chiropractic Center, we know how complicated things get, and we do what we can to make it easier for you. We work closely with local doctors, personal injury attorneys, and providers across multiple specialties to provide complete care for our patients. If you have any questions about our process or how we can help you, please give us a call. If you’re ready to start working toward a treatment plan, let’s get you on the schedule!

Sources:

Gacovino Lake: What type of doctor should I see after a car accident?

Law Offices of Bryan Musgrove: What doctor to see?

Right Path Pain and Spine Centers


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