Chiropractic care includes spinal manipulation and non-manipulative therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation, massage therapy, and ultrasound.
As determined upon MRI, your doctor may diagnose a condition that doesn’t warrant surgical care or injection. These conditions can respond to a well-designed course of physical therapy and/or chiropractic manipulation.
When is chiropractic care a treatment option for you?
- If your spine is stable
- If you are experiencing recent neurological symptoms (less than three months), e.g. numbness, pain, or weakness in the arms or legs
- If you have soft tissue strains and sprains
- For conditions such as benign low back pain, whiplash, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, facet joint syndrome
When is chiropractic care not recommended?
- If you are experiencing spinal instability
- For symptoms of numbness, pain, or weakness in the arms or legs which persist longer than three months following a course of conservative treatment
- For conditions such as spondylolisthesis, severe abnormal spinal curvature, severe disc herniation, certain degrees of disc degeneration
Be wary of:
- Promises to cure diseases unrelated to the spine
- Diagnoses of subluxated vertebrae
- Excessive long-term maintenance care
- Pediatric chiropractic
- Supplementation sales
Chiropractic care has a place in treatment of back and neck pain – and reputable chiropractors are partners with medical doctors to achieve successful outcomes for their patients. Be an informed consumer. Visit a chiropractor who has been recommended by an orthopedic specialist or who works with physicians in a back pain clinic. Check with a Center of Excellence near you for references.