Chiropractic Care Questions & Answers
If you or someone you know are in need of a manual adjustment to help restore movement or relieve pain, come to Back Pain & Sciatica Center of Texas today to inquire about our chiropractic services. Call today or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Conroe TX, Montgomery TX, Panorama Village TX, Willis TX, The Woodlands TX and Cleveland TX.
Our backs are constantly under strain from moving our bodies and lifting various items. Our posture also plays a big part in the health of our backs. It is important to exercise our backs without straining them, and to perform the proper stretches without pulling a muscle. When help is needed most, chiropractors are here to help us relieve tension and reduce pain. Come to Back Pain & Sciatica Center of Texas to receive your chiropractic care today!
What exactly does a chiropractor do?
Don’t feel foolish if you don’t know exactly what it is that a chiropractor does. If you’re trying to research what it is that chiropractors do before you go see one, here are a few tips to get you going!
Simply put, chiropractors are health care professionals who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. Chiropractors receive special training in manual adjustment techniques which then are used to eliminate misalignments in the spine.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce any pain a patient may be experiencing as well as improve the function of the body. Chiropractors are also big believers in patient education. They don’t just want to be one of your go-to health care providers; they want to be your partner in health. By educating you about maintaining your health, exercise, and even ergonomics, they can help you to improve your quality of life and get you on the road to wellness.
What is chiropractic care and how does it work?
After an initial appointment to assess your condition, your chiropractor will use their clinical expertise and the best available evidence to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options for you.
Chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment for many medical conditions, such as low back pain. For other conditions, such as pain associated with diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis, an inter-professional approach is recommended. So, in these situations, your chiropractor will coordinate with other health care professionals in your circle to support your overall treatment with chiropractic care to relieve your spine, muscle, or joint pain.
Chiropractors use various treatments, depending on their patient’s specific needs and preferences. Common treatments include:
- Manual, ‘hands-on’ therapy
- Soft tissue therapy
- Electronic modalities, such as therapeutic ultrasound and cold laser therapy
- Customized, therapeutic exercise programs
- Self-management tools and techniques (like positions for relief or coping strategies for pain)
- Advice and education
What happens at your first chiropractic visit?
The initial in-office clinical exam generally includes the following 3 areas:
Patient History and Symptoms — In preparation for the chiropractic consultation, the patient will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about their symptoms and condition. Typical questions include:
- When and how did the pain start?
- Where is the pain felt?
- Describe the pain—is it sharp, dull, burning, searing, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
- Did the pain start after an injury occurred?
- What activities/circumstances make it better or worse?
Patients are usually asked to provide information on any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, family medical history, and previous and current treatments provided by other health professionals.
The Chiropractic Exam — A thorough chiropractic exam includes general tests, such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes. Specific orthopedic and neurological tests may also be used:
- Range of motion of the affected body part(s)
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
Diagnostic Studies —Diagnostic studies may be helpful in identifying structural abnormalities and pathologies to more accurately diagnose a condition, based on the results of the patient’s history. While it is not always needed, an x-ray is the most common diagnostic study used during an initial chiropractic exam. In general, an x-ray is used in the chiropractic setting to help:
- Diagnose a recent trauma.
- Diagnose spondyloarthritis.
- Study a spinal deformity that might progress.
An x-ray study should only be undertaken if the chiropractor has a reason to believe that it will provide information prudent for further treatment options. The use of x-rays should be limited to cases when they are medically necessary, due to the associated risks of ionizing radiation exposure.
If you are experiencing back pain, a visit to the chiropractor can help you alleviate your ailments! At Back Pain & Sciatica Center of Texas, we have back pain experts to help you relieve pain and reduce tension! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!