Chiropractors focus on injuries of the neck, back and the pains associated with these injuries. Every Chiropractor will offer slight variations on which treatments they choose for you. I will discuss several of the most common approaches here today.
On your first visit the Chiropractor will discuss the specifics of your injury, your health history, surgical history and medication use. This will allow the Chiropractor to determine if your condition is treatable and also rule out contraindications.
Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for Chiropractic care a variety of modalities are often used which vary from ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, ice and or heating pack use. These modalities often are used to decrease inflammation or reduce muscle spasm at the site of injury. Myofascial trigger point therapy is often used to assist in relief of muscular pain and tightness associated with your injury. The most common therapy used is spinal manipulation, often called an adjustment. This focuses on loosening tightened joints and restoring normal motion of the joints in the back or neck. Exercise and stretching routines should be given to all patients to help them fully restore normal motion and strength once pain levels become more tolerable.
Bryan M. Steele, DC