A clear understanding of the nature and extent of the illness helps the doctor decide whether chiropractic care is an appropriate treatment for your condition, and if additional examination procedures are necessary. Like other health professionals, doctors of chiropractic have a network of health providers available for referral when necessary.
Relevant orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic tests are preformed to establish the extent and severity of the injury or condition.
During the history and examination, assessment for complicating factors such as family history, skeletal anomaly, pathology, work environment, home environment, age, previous episodes and other pertinent considerations will be performed. The presence of complicating factors will affect the design and duration of the treatment plan and the prognosis of the condition.
Diagnosis and Treatment Plan
Based on history, examination and x-ray/lab findings a diagnosis of the condition is formulated. Each patient is unique and each patient’s complaint and injury is unique as well. Each treatment plan is individually tailored to the patient’s condition. The primary goals of the treatment plan is to restore motion, improve strength and function, and reduce pain.
The patient’s active participation in the treatment plan is essential to the success of care. This may include home care instructions, avoidance of certain activities, stretches, and/or exercises.
Treatment methods, along with with the chiropractic adjustment, may include physical medicine services such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, ice/heat, rehabilitative exercises, massage therapy, kinesiotaping, and/or nutritional counseling. All treatment rendered will be based on medical necessity (see FAQ for additional information) and consistent with the patient’s chief complaint and clinical findings.
Chiropractic Adjustive procedures may include Diversified, Thompson Drop, Sacro-occipital technique, Activator, Flexion/distraction and Webster Technique.