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Chiropractic Approach to Anything that Aches

There are many times all of us wake up with pains in our neck or back and have no idea what is the cause. You may have tried all possible remedies from taking pills to bed rest or even injections and still to no avail. Chiropractors may have the answer behind your distress. Whether you are waking up with pains in your neck or had a fall that has left your body in pain, the only way to put a permanent end to your distress is to get to the bottom of the pain. Botti Chiropractic and Wellness has experts to guide you through the analysis of what may be happening, detect the problem and finally diagnose a solution.

The Chiropractic approach to pains such as back pains is not only affordable but follows very logical steps that lead to treatment of the ache and pain you may have.

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Chiropractors are specifically trained to diagnose the underlying cause of back pain and recommend treatment options to help keep you doing the things you love to do. Here is how a chiropractor would approach your back pain:

Assessment

The first step is always a thorough assessment that includes both the specific complaint and your general state of health. Your chiropractor will ask you to share the history of your condition to help determine your pain’s location, duration, constancy/intermittency, intensity and character, and whether there is an associated referral of pain into the arms or legs. A physical examination includes specific testing such as checking the ranges of motion, function and mobility of the spinal joints, and orthopedic tests to determine exactly what is happening to your body.

Red flags are potentially serious problems that mean a referral to another practitioner is required because the condition is not one a chiropractor can treat. Fortunately, red flags are very rare, and most patients with back pain can be treated by a chiropractor.

Diagnosis

From the assessment stems a diagnosis of the condition. The spine is complex and there are many potential sources of pain. Research clearly shows what chiropractors and other spine clinicians have learned: most back pain (as much as 90%) is “non-specific”. While clinicians used to identify a specific disc, joint, ligament or muscle as the source of the pain, we now know that this level of specificity is not really possible. What “non-specific” really means is that the back pain is related to how your spine and associated tissues function and move and not the result of tissue or structural damage.

This is particularly useful in deciding whether a patient is likely to respond to the care a chiropractor provides, or whether a referral to another practitioner is warranted. Loss of muscle function related to the bladder or bowel are very rare, but can be dangerous and indicate conditions for which urgent surgery may be required.

Prognosis

Non-specific back pain can be categorized as Acute – symptoms lasting less than 6 weeks, Subacute – symptoms lasting 6-12 weeks, Chronic – symptoms lasting 12 weeks or more or Recurrent/flare up – symptoms are similar to original symptoms, and return sporadically or as result of exacerbating circumstances. Episodes of acute low back pain are very common; the key is to prevent these from becoming chronic or recurrent. There is a growing body of evidence on how to identify those patients who are at most risk of experiencing chronic pain, and this informs how a chiropractor or other healthcare provider would tailor their approach.

Treatment

A chiropractor has a large number of tools available to help care for people with low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. The evidence, including a number of high-quality interprofessional guidelines shows that the chiropractic approach is in fact the most appropriate approach for most back pain patients. This includes engaging you to keep moving and going about life, a focus on exercise, education about your condition, and spinal manipulation and/or mobilization (which can include neck and back adjustments). The goals are to help people return to full function, and to train and motivate them to care for themselves so they can manage and prevent future debilitating episodes.

Based on the assessment, and keeping in mind the patient’s unique history and context a chiropractor can recommend a combination of massage, acupuncture and manual therapies, alongside exercises to strengthen the back. As a patient’s condition improves, the exercises can be modified to maximize their benefit.

When it comes to handling those sensitive nerves on your back and neck, you would want to select someone who has both the experience and the skill. Someone you can trust. These are some questions you ought to ask before making your choice.

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For most people, it is important to feel comfortable with the chiropractor and the clinic to have an overall positive treatment experience. Feeling comfortable may depend on a lot of personal preferences, including details such as how long a patient may typically have to wait in the waiting room or location of the chiropractor’s office.

Questions to consider about rapport and experience with a chiropractor and/or clinic staff during an initial interview may include one or more of the following:

  1. Is the chiropractor friendly and courteous?
  2. Does the patient feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor?
  3. Does the chiropractor fully answer all questions asked by the patient?
  4. Does the chiropractic doctor listen to the patient’s complete explanation of symptoms and treatment concerns/preferences?
  5. How many years has the chiropractor been in practice?
  6. Does the chiropractor have a specific undergraduate or post-graduate specialty?

The secret to ending your problems with back and neck pains may be yet to be found. Instead of relying on chemical prescription drugs that may have side effects, explore the chiropractic services for both athletics and even kids in health and wellness facility clinics.

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