Chiropractic Care Near Atlanta
The Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta do everything within their power to treat our patient’s symptoms in ways that relieve their pain as fast as possible, while also giving them the tools they need to prevent future situations that involve sciatica or chronic back pain.
Since the concept of Chiropractic Medicine is not as well-known or as utilized as other medical fields, it is important that you as the patient ask any and all questions you have to understand:
- What types of treatment options exist?
- What does the diagnostic process look like?
- What are the pros and cons of each solution?
- What are the expectations around each treatment technique about recovery?
If you have never visited a Chiropractor before, please review the following information, which offers insight around one of the most common forms of treatment; the Chiropractic Examination.
Therapeutic Benefits of Chiropractic Examinations
Some of the more common conditions that our tests can identify and address include:
- Back pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Respiratory issues
- Tension headaches
- Ear infections
- Neurological conditions
- Multiple sclerosis
- High/low blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Frozen shoulder
Your First Chiropractic Visit
When patients visit our Atlanta office for the first time, our doctors tend to conduct a brief initial consultation meeting that allows them to gain an initial understanding of your current status, as well as your medical history.
For you, this consultation meeting serves as an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have, as well as to gain an understanding around your Chiropractor’s approach, philosophy, and experience.
Patient History and Symptoms
When preparing for your first consultation meeting, you will be asked to fill out some simple forms that expose information around your:
Some of the questions you may be asked include:
- How did you become injured or when did you first notice your symptoms?
- Where is the pain located?
- What is the intensity of your pain (e.g. aching, dull, pulsating)?
- What type of activities do you partake in?
- What does your typical diet consist of?
- Is there family history attached to your condition?
- Do you notice when the pain intensifies? If so, what are you doing during this time?
The Chiropractic Exam
When it comes time for the Chiropractic Examination to take place, your doctor will follow through with some tests that focus on:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Range of motion
- Muscle strength
- Neurological status
- Muscle tone
If necessary, your doctor may want to conduct additional examinations around your injury or the source of pain, including asking you to move in a particular manner or express your natural posture/stance.
In some cases, Chiropractic Manipulation may also be required.
Depending on your medical history and the results of your examination(s), diagnostic studies may be necessary to identify particular pathologies and structural concerns accurately.
Although diagnostic studies are not always required, they should be conducted if your doctor believes that an X-ray or some other type of scan would provide information that helps them manage your treatment process more efficiently.
The most common diagnostic studies conducted during an examination include:
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans
- X-ray scans
- Other laboratory tests
After The Chiropractic Examination
Findings from the combination of the above-described history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies lead to a specific diagnosis.
Once the diagnosis is established, the Chiropractor will determine if the condition will respond to Chiropractic care.
At the end of the patient’s initial visit, the Chiropractor will explain the patient’s:
- Diagnosed condition
- Individualized Chiropractic treatment plan (or other therapies)
- Anticipated length of Chiropractic care
Some Chiropractors will also provide the above information in written form, so the patient may take it home and think about it and conduct their research.
Most Chiropractors begin treatment during the patient’s first visit, although some may wait until the next appointment at the Chiropractic Clinic.
Chiropractic treatment goals and recommendations may include some or all of the following:
- Adjustments to key joint dysfunctions
- Modalities to improve soft tissue healing and pain control, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and traction
- Strengthening and stretching exercises to improve muscle balance, strength, and coordination
- Patient education to improve posture and motor control, as well as possibly reduce anxiety
Other treatments such as massage, heat/cold application, and education on ergonomics and nutrition.
Understanding the Purpose and Goals of Chiropractic Care
Your Chiropractor will make sure to establish specific goals that relate to the treatment plan they customize for you.
These goals are typically considerate of:
Focus on reducing or relieving your pain, restoring joint mobility or function and improving your muscle balance.
Focus on completely restoring functional independence, allowing you to return to your routine.
To meet the demands of these goals, your Chiropractor will recommend a specific number of office visits, while also possibly giving you some activities that you can perform on your own time to support the recovery process.
Most cases of lower back pain can be treated with one to three visits per month, while other more drastic injuries might require one to three visits per week.
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