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Low Back Pain

Richard Kowal, DC, CDN -  - Chiropractor

Richard Kowal DC, CDN

Chiropractor and Nutritionist on the Upper West Side, NY and Westport, CT

Low back pain is often a result of an injury or trauma. However, it may also appear for no apparent reason. It may have been present for just a few days, or it may have been chronic for months or even years. Dr. Richard Kowal has decades of experience treating both acute and chronic low back pain of every type. For expert management of your lower back pain, contact our office located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York by phone or online today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What is low back pain?

Low back pain is one of the most common pain complaints and it affects almost everyone at some point in their life.

What causes low back pain?

Lower back pain is often the result of an injury or trauma, such as a fall or lifting something too heavy. But lower back pain can also appear for no apparent reason. Chronic pain, or pain that appears without apparent cause, requires a special therapeutic approach. These painful situations that may seem frustrating and confusing to you can often be understood and remedied in a clear and straightforward way by someone who sees them and treats them on a daily basis. That is Dr. Kowal’s specialty!

What happens during a low back pain consultation?

Dr. Kowal begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the major area of your pain as well as any other areas that may be related to your condition. The goal of the exam is to find the root cause of your pain. During your consultation, Dr. Kowal will review your symptoms, including the types of pain you experience, when they started, and the activities that worsen or alleviate the pain. He then performs a physical exam, paying close attention to your alignment, movement, and mobility. 

Will I be treated on the first visit?

Yes! Dr. Kowal will begin treating you on your first visit. Dr. Kowal’s techniques for clearing out lower back pain are aimed to help you feel better quickly. Most people find that they are feeling better after their first office visit.  Dr. Kowal specializes in gentle joint mobilization and myofascial release techniques.  He does not use the ‘cracking type’ maneuvers that you may have associated with chiropractic care.

Treatment may also include instructions to help you re-pattern your movements and ergonomic habits. Many musculoskeletal problems can be remedied with changes to posture and movement that support mobility, flexibility, and strength.

While X-rays and MRI’s aren’t usually required before beginning treatment, if needed, Dr. Kowal will make the appropriate orthopedic referral and help you to get a consult scheduled as quickly as possible.

To get relief from your lower back pain, contact the office of Dr. Richard Kowal by phone or online today. 

Fees & Insurance


Will you file a claim with my insurance company or is that my responsibility?

Yes. If we are under contract with your insurance company, we will collect the co-payment at the time of your visit and submit the claim for you. 


What are the rates if you are out of network with my insurance plan?

If we do not currently participate in your health insurance plan and you have out of network
benefits we will file a claim directly with your insurance company.  Please call the office to
find out what your ‘co-pay’ would be.


We never perform any service without discussing it, and its cost with you beforehand, and receiving your approval. We are very respectful around finances, and no one ever receives a bill from “out of nowhere” from us!

Give a call to discuss your specific health concerns with Dr. Kowal and he’ll be able to clarify what finances, evaluative services and/or care would look like for you personally.


Some of the plans and providers we accept

Oxford Health
United Healthcare