It’s safe to say that chiropractic care is one of the safest, most effective, and most popular alternative treatment methods out there.
Its benefits are continuously endorsed by professional athletes, and even practitioners of conventional medicine recognize its effectiveness. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association reports that more than 30 million people in the United States seek chiropractic treatments.
But despite this surge in popularity, there are still those who have never tried it. And so it is always good to inform people about what to expect and how the entire process works. Here in this article, we are focusing on the process of diagnosing a patient’s condition.
How do chiropractors know which parts to adjust and which parts to focus on? How do they create a treatment plan? Let’s take a closer look.
Spinal Adjustments: An Overview
So before we get into detail about the diagnostic process, here’s an overview of what chiropractors do.
They provide pain relief by addressing misalignments in the spine and joints. They treat various musculoskeletal problems and conditions by using manual pressure and adjustment techniques.
It works with the understanding that the body has an amazing way of healing itself, and that only certain injuries can slow this process down. By addressing these misalignments, the healing process is optimized.
Chiropractors can provide relief for lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and even simple headaches. They can help people who have recently been in a car accident. They can also reduce the downtime of athletes who have sustained sports injuries, sprains, strains, and other issues.
This is a safe and non-invasive technique that doesn’t need to use prescription painkillers and similar medications. Not only is it painless, but it will also make your body feel more relaxed.
Consultation and Examination
During your first visit, your chiropractor will try to understand your medical history so that they can have some context in terms of your current condition. They will gather information about your overall health, your “problem areas” and how the condition started.
Expect to fill out some paperwork, because your answers will help the chiropractor make a proper diagnosis. You can tell your chiropractor where you are experiencing pain, how painful it is, and when it all began. Were you involved in an accident? Were you injured while working out or playing a sport?
They may ask about your diet, your level of physical activity, and your job. After this, you may go through a physical exam. During this stage, they can look for deformities or other problems that may have gone unnoticed. Hidden injuries and limited range of motion: these are problems that can worsen over time if not treated properly.
It will help if you already have a copy of a relevant test such as an x-ray or MRI. Some chiropractors request this occasionally—but this depends on the patient’s condition.
Your posture may also be evaluated. Once this is done, your chiropractor will tell you if you are suitable for chiropractic care. In the rare event that this treatment is not right for you, your chiropractor will refer an appropriate specialist. But otherwise, they may proceed with the spinal adjustments.
You and your chiropractor will then work together using the treatment plan they’ve developed.
Look for a chiropractic clinic near you and experience the benefits of spinal adjustments.
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