YOUR VISIT TO THE CHIROPRACTOR


When you visit the chiropractor for the first time, he will interview you and make notes of the problems you are experiencing with your musculoskeletal system.  Based on your replies, the chiropractor will then examine you further to see precisely what the problem is and how it can be treated.

Interview

This is your opportunity to tell the doctor where you have pain and when the pain started, what you were doing before the pain started and what makes the pain worse or better, as well as about any injuries, illnesses or previous treatments.  If you have any X-rays and diagnostic reports, they will be very helpful with the chiropractic diagnosis and treatment and the doctor will discuss your X-ray findings with you. If X-rays are considered necessary in your case, then the doctor will send you to a nearby  X-ray center with a written request for the necessary views. This can often be completed the same day.

X-ray

Once the doctor has made a preliminary diagnosis, then he can begin to discover where the cause of the problem is and decide on a course of treatment to help alleviate the cause of your symptoms.

The doctor will examine the areas of your neck and spine related to your signs and symptoms for evidence of dysfunction , such as tautness and tenderness, muscle spasm, nerve impingement, and restricted or abnormal vertebral movement and alignment. Vertebrae that are restricted or fixated in malpositions may cause nerve interference that impedes the regulation of their return to proper position and function. This complex is called 'vertebral subluxation' in chiropractic terminology and is an important focus of chiropractic examination and treatment.

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Spine

The doctor will only begin treatment once he is confident that he has analyzed your problem correctly and that chiropractic treatment will be appropriate for your condition.  Chiropractic does not utilize drugs or surgery. Treatment typically involves chiropractic adjustments of manipulation in order to help relieve pain, relax muscle spasm, restore function and assist the healing process. To do this, the doctor will use his hands to apply specific chiropractic adjustic forces to help the malpositioned articulations related to your symptoms return to their proper positions and function .  It is generally not painful, although you may experience some post-treatment tenderness as everything gets used to being back in the correct place.

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Sometimes, on occasions where it is better for the patient, the doctor will use less forceful techniques to make a chiropractic adjustment such as an activator adjusting instrument.  This adjustment procedure allows the doctor to apply a percussion pressure to a vertebra to make a gentle adjustment. Also, reflex points related to applied kinesiology and myofascial trigger point therapy can be helpful in restoring harmony to the muskuloskeletal system. Advice concerning posture and therapeutic exercise may also be given.

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Please call for an appointment to come and see me if you are experiencing any spinal pain or possibly related muskuloskeletal pain as I may well be able to help you. If examination or treatment other than chiropractic is considered necessary,  I will advise you where you may be able to obtain suitable consultation.