A chiropractor is a healthcare professional that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. They have special training in manual (chiropractic) adjustment techniques, a drug-free and non-invasive technique used to manually adjust a patient's spine, pelvis or other joints to correct the structural alignment. These adjustments promote self-healing, relieve pain and improve musculoskeletal function.
Chiropractors typically offer free or low-cost consultations to determine if you may benefit fro the services they provide. If it is determined that chiropractic treatment could be beneficial, the chiropractor will recommend an examination to gather more information on your health condition. The purpose of the exam is to determine the origin of a patient's problem(s). During the exam, a chiropractor will perform orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic tests. X-Rays are also taken on-site to determine if the problem is arthritis, disc degeneration, spinal misalignment or another problem. This helps us determine the best course of treatment for you. If the problem is beyond the scope of chiropractic treatment, the chiropractor may refer you for other diagnostic procedures, such as an MRI, CT scan or other procedure.
Chiropractors are known for specializing in the treatment of back and neck pain. But, others may also work on other joints in the body including the jaw, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet.
Physical therapy is another drug-free and non-invasive treatment for neck pain, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. It has been proven to be highly effective at relieving pain and stiffness, as well as improving movement of the joints and muscles.
Physical therapy for joint pain and other musculoskeletal conditions can consist of passive methods to reduce pain to a manageable level so that the therapist can start using active treatment methods to help you strengthen the injured area. Near the end of the rehabilitative process, physical therapists will provide education on a maintenance program to help maintain the strength and mobility the patient has built and help prevent further recurrences.
Passive treatment methods (modalities) may include:
- Heat Therapy with Heat Packs
- Cold Therapy with Ice Packs or Ice Massages
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) Unit Electrotherapy
- Manual Therapy (also known as hands-on therapy)
Active modalities generally include:
- Strengthening Exercises
- Low-impact Aerobic Exercises
If you are suffering from neck pain, back pain, joint pain or other musculoskeletal problem, give us a call today!