Chiropractic treatment is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures.
Many studies have concluded that manual therapies commonly used by chiropractors are generally effective for the treatment of lower back pain as well as for treatment of lumbar herniated disc for radiculopathy and neck pain, among other conditions.
When patients with non-specific chronic low back pain are treated by chiropractors, the long-term outcome is enhanced by obtaining maintenance spinal manipulation after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.
What is Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common for lower back pain treatment.
A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.
What diagnosis or treatment methods uses by chiropractors?
When a patient visits a Chiropractor, it is usually because they are in pain and discomfort in their back or neck. Many patients pain is being caused by an injury that they have suffered due to a car accident, or due to years of poor posture.
Thankfully, Chiropractors are experts when it comes to issues of the musculoskeletal system, and can use their training to determine what exactly is the cause of your pain and then develop a customized treatment program to correct the underlying issue. However, in order to develop a treatment program that will be effective, Chiropractors must first arrive at an accurate diagnosis.
The diagnostic process that Chiropractors follow may slightly differ from doctor to doctor, but generally consists of three main phases:
3.Diagnostic Imaging Tests
By using the information that they gather from these three phases of diagnostics, Chiropractors are able to arrive at an accurate diagnosis so that treatment can begin.
So let’s take an in-depth look at each of these phases so that you know what to expect at your first Chiropractic Appointment.
When you arrive at the Chiropractors office for your initial consultation, your Chiropractor will ask you a series of questions so that they can better understand what you are experiencing and arrive at a diagnosis.
This is an important part of the diagnostic process because by listening to the details of why a person has come in can help Chiropractors arrive at the correct diagnosis in a shorter period of time.
Some of the questions that your Chiropractor will most likely ask you include:
- Where are you experiencing pain?
- Is the pain constant or does it come and go?
- Are their certain activities that make the pain better or worse?
- Was their an injury that you are aware of?
- Does your daily routine include any strenuous activities or do you sit at a desk all day?
- What does your diet usually consist of?
The goal of asking all of these questions is so that your Chiropractor can familiarize themselves with you. The more information that they can gather about your lifestyle and body, the better they can treat you.
Getting answers to questions regarding your lifestyle is vital because there may be certain changes that need to be made in order to relieve your pain and keep it in remission.
The answers to questions regarding your symptoms and potential injuries are important to gather so that your Chiropractor knows what to look for and how to proceed with the next phases of the diagnostic process.
After completing the interview and getting the answers to important questions regarding the patient’s symptoms and lifestyle, the next phase of the diagnostic process usually involves a physical examination.
During a physical examination, there are many things that your Chiropractor will be looking at. Usually, the physical exam includes tests that measure strength, range-of-motion, flexibility and your body’s overall functionality.
The final step in the diagnostic process that Chiropractors generally follow involves having Imaging tests performed.
MUSCULAR SPRAINS AND TENDON OR LIGAMENT STRAINS
Strains and sprains most typically occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not accustomed to, or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting, or stretching past one’s limits are common causes to strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful, and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains in the back tend to involve changes to the alignment of the spine and typically respond well to chiropractic care.
Diagnostic Imaging Tests
Although some Chiropractors have X-Ray machines in their office and can perform them on site, many times you will be recommended to a facility nearby to have your tests done.
Some of the common types of Imaging tests that a Chiropractor may order include:
- Cat Scan
It is up to your Chiropractor to use his judgment along with his previous findings to determine which Imaging tests if any, each patient requires.
At Integrity Auto & Work Injury chiropractic, back support means more than performing procedures. It means surrounding you with a supportive team of experts who understand the impact that back pain has on your life. physical therapists and pain experts all share common goals: to relieve your pain, restore your function and return you to good health with as little intervention possible.
If you have questions about how our team at Integrity Chiropractic Clinic can help you, please Call 503-352-0735 or schedule an appointment Online.