Chiropractors deal with locating and correcting alignment problems of the spine. Chiropractors specialize in the treatment of conditions dealing with the back and the neck. They also treat conditions such as Carpal tunnel, Sciatica, headaches, arm pains, wrist pain, foot pains, Fibromyalgia and arthritis.
During the first visit, a patient will go through four stages. The first stage is the initial intake and personal health history. The second stage includes the physical and chiropractic structural exam. The third stage includes non-invasive computerized testing and the fourth stage includes any pertinent x-rays that might be needed.
Intake in Detail
During the intake stage, new patients will have to fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask about their medical history and any current symptoms they are experiencing. The questionnaire also asks for family medical history. These are the typical questions asked on a questionnaire.
- When and how did you first experience pain?
- Where is the pain located?
- Is the pain sharp, dull, throbbing or searing/bearing?
- Is the pain continuous?
- Do any activities increase the pain?
- Do any activities decrease the pain?
Let’s Get Physical
The doctor will give you a routine physical that includes testing blood pressure, pulse, respiration and reflexes. Then, the doctor focuses on the spine. The chiropractor will perform a number of different tests to determine the condition of the spine, including range of motion, strength and posture.
As part of the initial exam, he will employ a computerized surface EMG test that reads the muscle contractions along the spine and helps to determine areas of nerve irritation. This test is painless. Should the testing indicate a problem, x-rays are taken to determine the severity of the condition.
Chiropractic Advice: Treat and Complete
After reviewing the exam and x-ray results, the chiropractor will go over your options. He will take into account the extent of your injury or irritation, your overall health, the condition of your spine, and your own personal goals when he or she presents a treatment plan for you. Once the patient is in agreement, treatment will start right away.
Most treatment plans consist of spinal manipulation or an “adjustment” of the spine and other joints as the core of the treatment. If you are suffering from back pain, it will take a series of manipulations to correct the problem.
There are several kinds of adjustment techniques. Our experienced chiropractors in Rockville will choose the one that best help your individual problem. Most adjustments are quick and painless and you will see relief with a few short treatments. Our initial consultation will help to identify areas you are having problems, uncover the cause of the pain, and we will create a customized treatment plan to help you get back on your feet and feeling better quickly. Each patient is different, and Dr. Flood’s more than 30 years of experience in Montgomery County will be a welcome relief for your body. Prescription drugs are not the answer to every ache and pain, and manipulating the spine, neck, hips and legs may be the cure to your chronic pain.
Your chiropractor might suggest other forms of treatment in addition to chiropractor care. Many chiropractors recommend yoga to patients. Yoga compliments the goals of chiropractor care. If you are looking for even more information from a Rockville chiropractor call ProHealth Chiropractic today, we have experts standing by to help you.