How A Visit To A Chiropractor Can Change Your Life
Chiropractors perform and valuable service to those who are suffering from a pain that may be caused by damage to or the misalignment of the spinal column. This misalignment can cause chronic pain that may have severely negative consequences to the quality of life of the patient.
Chiropractors believe that misalignment of the spinal column can have negative effects on the nervous system – this is why treatment of the spine can help to clear up conditions which the layman might not believe are immediately related to the spine. Through spinal manipulation the chiropractor can reduce pressure on nerves and therefore help to alleviate pain and other problems.
The conditions that can be treated by a chiropractor are widely varied. However these can include lower back pain and sciatica, injuries resulting from sport or vehicle accidents, arthritis and headaches. The treatment is a holistic approach using only manipulation to realign the spine – chiropractors do not believe in the use of man made drugs and these are not used during the initial stage or treatment nor during the recovery phase.
However, chiropractors do not work in isolation. If it is apparent that supportive care is required most chiropractors will refer the patient to a medical doctor or other medical practitioners. This is especially true in cases of chronic lower back pain that does not respond to traditional chiropractic treatment.
There are usually a number of steps that a chiropractor will take along the treatment journey. The first of these step is the initial consultation. During this first interaction the chiropractor will scope the extent of the issues that the patient faces, including frequency of pain related episodes, obtaining a description of the type of pain that is being experienced well as what makes the pain better or worse.
the chiropractor will also take down a dedicated case history, including the habits of the patient and the family medical history and even the issues that relate to the occupation of the patient.
The chiropractor will then move on to a physical examination of the patient in order to establish which parts of the spine might be affected and require realignment. The examination may include manipulation of the spine and physical exploration of the problem areas. The chiropractor may also request that the patient supply x-rays of the spinal area.
The diagnosis reached by the chiropractor will affect the type of treatment that is offered. Often the diagnosis will fall into one of three different types of issues that affect the spine. The first of these is ‘potentially serious’ where damage to the joints is present or other issues such as chronic disease are found. The second is a problem related to the nerves which can be caused by a condition like a herniated disc. The third is non specific and is likely mechanical back pain.
Once this diagnosis is reached the chiropractor will be able to recommend a treatment that will allow the patient to regain some of the quality of life that is often lost though back pain.
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