Chiropractic is a field of alternative medicine, and a chiropractor is a practitioner in this field. Chiropractors believe that problems with the spine can affect the nervous system and other parts of the body. They thus believe that manipulating the spine can relieve a variety of conditions like many types of pain and injuries. Here at Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab, we encourage you learn how visiting a chiropractor could benefit you.
What Can a Patient Expect During a First Visit?
The chiropractor will start by taking a detailed medical history that will cover such topics as the following:
• The location of the pain
• The severity of the pain
• When it started
• What caused it, if known
• Activities or situations that make the pain worse
• Whether the pain is constant or comes and goes
After that, the chiropractor will examine the patient. During the physical exam, the chiropractor will evaluate the patient’s spine and check to see if any of the vertebrae are out of alignment. They will also take such standard measurements as blood pressure and pulse. The chiropractor will also test the patient’s reflexes. They will ask the patient to move, so they can observe their strength and range of motion. They may also perform an orthopedic exam to check for abnormalities in the hips, pelvis, and spine. In some cases, the chiropractor may order X-rays to determine the spine’s exact alignment.
After completing the evaluation, the chiropractor can describe the results and recommend appropriate treatments. The doctor uses non-twisting methods of chiropractic that can be safely used on patients that require gentle handling, like a pregnant woman, senior, or newborn child. Recommended treatments can include an exercise program designed to increase the patient’s strength and flexibility. Other treatments can include massage, posture training, or application of heat/cold.
Interested? Get In Touch with Us
To learn more about chiropractic and how it may be able to benefit you, please feel free to reach out and make an appointment with Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab! At our convenient located in Cornelius, NC, our devoted staff will be ready and eager to explain your options in full, address any questions and concerns you may have, and help you get back to living a pain-free life. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!