The main function of chiropractors is to improve the relation between structure and functionality of the body.
When you visit a chiropractor, the procedures you will go through include the initial patient intake, a physical exam, treatment and later on a follow-up plan. During the intake, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire and answer questions regarding your health history. The chiropractor will ask you to indicate the areas of your body where you are experiencing discomfort and then mark them on a drawing of a human body.
During the physical exam, a routine physical exam will be conducted on you followed by an exam that focuses on the spine, with specific attention being given to the areas of complaint. Your whole spine is likely to be examined. For instance, if you were experiencing pain in your lower back, a neck exam will be performed by the chiropractor since pain from another area of the body is likely to cause secondary pain in the spine.
During consultations, the chiropractor will tell you the status of your condition as well as the right approach that you will need to use towards treating that condition. The chiropractor should be candid with you about the manual adjustments that will be done to the spine or other joints such as the knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder or elbow in order to improve joint function or restore structural alignment. If the manual adjustments are too painful for you, the chiropractor will administer them using mild or non-force techniques.
X-rays of your spine are likely to be taken before treatment in order to study the condition of soft tissues as well as the bony anatomy. The X-rays will also help the chiropractor to understand if there are any anomalies in the spine area, the extent of wear and many other factors that will be very crucial when it comes to establishing the development of the treatment plan. The assessments that are done during the physical exam include palpation, motion tests, muscle strength comparisons, reflex testing as well as orthopedic and neurological tests that are focused on the main complaint.
After the physical exam is done, a treatment that takes into account your general health, the extent of irritation or injury, the condition of your spine as affected by a previous injury or age and what your goals are will be done. The goals of treatment will be established from the discussion you will have with the chiropractor. It is important for the chiropractor to know whether you are just seeking simple relief from discomfort or pain or you would like to start a regimen of ongoing care that is aimed at improving your general health.
Dr. Lee, a practicing Columbus Ohio chiropractor, highly recommends ongoing treatments noting that preventative measures are far less costly to take before a problem gets out of hand.
Regardless if you are looking for short term relief or want to start living a healthier life, it is important to visit a chiropractor at least once a year to ensure that your spine is developing properly. Catching arthritis and other back issues in the early stages and putting a treatment plan in place to combat these issues will making aging and getting older much easier!