What Disorders can a Chiropractor Treat?

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Chiropractors treat more than just back pain. They diagnose and treat many different kinds of physical disorders, most of them related to the spine. These spinal disorders can sometimes affect a person’s general health, or their ability to heal. It can also cause other problems in their musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors are trained to relieve a patient’s discomfort while reducing pain. They can also diagnose and locate the causes of certain problems.

Physical and neurological examinations are essential parts of a chiropractor’s service. It allows them to make more accurate diagnosis. Some of them may order X-rays or CT scans to confirm the diagnosis.

On this article, we will talk about some of the most common disorders that are treated by chiropractors.

Chiropractors treatAches, Pains, Sprains and Strains

A large percentage of spinal adjustments being delivered annually are for back pain. That’s why chiropractors are often associated with pain relief, especially for this particular part of the body. But they also help with joint pains, shoulder pain, neck pain, and even headaches. They also help with various kinds of sprains and strains.

Athletes and other people involved in strenuous physical activities are often at risk of sprains. That’s because their ligaments are more likely to get overstretched or torn.

Similarly, people get strains when they lift too much weight or bend improperly during an activity. Strains may feel like aching, stabbing, tingling, or burning. Chiropractors can help ease the pain or discomfort caused by sprains and strains.

Headaches, specifically cervicogenic headaches (or those originating from the neck) can also be relieved with some targeted adjustments. If you fall down while riding a bike and get your tailbone injured, you might develop coccydynia. This pain can get worse when you’re sitting. Chiropractors can diagnose and relieve your discomfort.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and Herniated Disc

This is a problem that is usually associated with aging. As we get older, our intervertebral discs can degenerate or break down. This can be caused by years of overuse, misuse, or just strain. These discs, which are pillow-like cushions between your vertebrae, can lose their flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorption.

When dehydrated, these discs also become thinner.

On the other hand, herniated disc usually occurs in the neck or lower back. It can cause pain when the outer ring or interior matter presses on a nearby nerve root. It sounds uncomfortable (because it is), and if you’re going through it, you can ask your chiropractor for assistance.

Other Conditions and Disorders

Myofascial pain is a chronic pain disorder that causes deep, aching pain. The affected parts may seem unrelated, because it is caused by pressure in certain trigger points within your muscles. It can feel like a knot in your muscle.

Sciatica may happen when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated. It is described as moderate to severe pain that travels below the knee of one leg. It can feel like an electric shock.

Whiplash is a hyperextension injury that commonly occurs when a vehicle is rear-ended. The neck and head are whipped by the sudden impact, causing a forward and backward motion that leads to severe neck sprain or strain.

Conditions affecting the spine and the rest of the musculoskeletal system can be treated by your chiropractor. It’s a safe, non-invasive, holistic, and all-natural alternative treatment method that can help you improve your general health. It wouldn’t hurt to try it!

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