Why Consult a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors emphasize spinal manipulation (or adjusting the spine) as a means of correcting spinal joint restrictions and relieving pain, treating disc injuries, improving alignment and posture, and promoting health and wellness.
Chiropractic has developed a number of treatment approaches in addition to traditional spinal adjustments. These treatment approaches help chiropractors address a wide range of back pain conditions.
Low back conditions that respond to chiropractic care include:
- back sprain or strain injuries
- spinal joint restriction syndromes
- facet joint sprain
- sacroiliac sprain
- lumbar disc injuries that don’t require surgery
- radicular pain or symptoms of numbness in the lower limbs
- spinal stenosis
- various types of chronic low back pain
How a Chiropractor Diagnoses Back Pain
Your chiropractor will determine areas of restricted joint motion, disc injury, muscle spasm, and ligament injury. One way the chiropractor does that is through motion and static palpation of each unit of motion in the spine. These diagnostic techniques are unique to chiropractic. Motion and static palpation is an examination by means of movement and touch. The chiropractor will feel for tenderness and tightness, and then he or she will examine the spine to see how well each spinal joint moves.
The chiropractor will also analyze how you walk and look at your overall posture and spinal alignment. Those details will help your chiropractor understand your body mechanics and how well your spine is working and moving.
The chiropractic examination includes standard physical and neurological exams. You’ll also go through your past medical history with the chiropractor. The chiropractor may have you get imaging tests (such as x-rays or MRIs) and laboratory tests in order to help him or her diagnose the cause of your back pain.
After the examination, the chiropractor will be better able to create an effective treatment plan for your back pain.
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