Chiropractic Diagnosis and Developing a Treatment Plan

Chiropractic Diagnosis and Developing a Treatment Plan

Have you been thinking about visiting a chiropractor? You might be suffering from back pain, chronic headaches, or even searching for allergy relief. With the wide range of ailments chiropractic care can treat, it’s no wonder people tend to have a lot of questions about how treatment through chiropractic adjustments can help them.  This article will explain the process of how individual treatment plans are developed at Dean Chiropractic and also give you an overview of what to expect at your first appointment.

Questionnaire and Medical History

When you arrive at the chiropractor’s office, you will be asked to fill out some forms about your medical history and answer questions about your overall health as well as the specific reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor diagnose the problem and decide on which treatment plan will work best for you.

Examples of some of the questions you can expect are:

  • Where are you experiencing pain?
  • How would you describe that pain?
  • When did the pain start?
  • Is the pain or condition the result of an accident or injury?
  • Is there anything that aggravates or alleviates the pain?
  • Have you tried other treatments and how successful were they?

You may also be asked questions about your diet, activity level, and work conditions in order to help the chiropractor make the best and most informed decisions about your treatment plan moving forward.

Examination

After the initial overview of your health and symptoms, the chiropractor will begin a physical examination. During the examination, he or she will evaluate your posture and the gait of your steps as well as look at your spine and extremities for any abnormalities. You may be asked to walk across the room, bend over, or pick up an object. Evaluating these movements can give the chiropractor a better understanding of your condition and aid in your diagnosis. A muscle test may also be completed to determine the strength and tone of your muscles. After taking all of this into consideration, the chiropractor will be able to develop a plan specifically designed to meet your individual needs.

The Recommendation

Once the chiropractor has reviewed all of the information, he or she will customize a treatment plan for you in order to ensure optimal results. You will be given a schedule of when to return to the chiropractor for treatment. This will vary depending on your individual needs, some patients are seen once a week, some may come in several times a week. The length of time these treatments will be necessary will also depend on your specific needs.

Often the chiropractor will recommend at home care as an extension of the care that you’re receiving during visits. Some forms of at home care typically recommended are stretches, exercises, and the use of heat or cold on the affected area. You may also be asked to avoid certain positions or activities that aggravate your condition.

At Dean Chiropractic, we have over 35 years of experience in developing the best possible treatment plans for our patients. We use a combination of techniques, precision, gentleness, and effectiveness that is recognized by experts and patients alike. Make an appointment today and let us develop a plan to help you live your best life!

Chiropractic Services for Veterans

Chiropractic Services for Veterans

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is described by the ACA  as being “a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Doctors of Chiropractic use gentle adjustments of the spine to restore proper alignment of the vertebrae and relieve the pain associated with misalignments, or subluxations. Chiropractors also use massage and other therapy techniques in a personalized care plan designed to help you achieve your health goals. Because it is non-invasive and drug-free, chiropractic care is rapidly becoming a preferred option for those suffering from back, neck, or nerve pain, as well as a host of health problems.

How Can Chiropractic Treatments Benefit Me?

Because of the rigorous physical demand of being in the military, veterans are particularly prone to suffering from back, neck, and nerve pain. Many also seek treatment for muscle spasms, headaches, and pain related to an injury. A professional chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will ease pain, restore mobility, and allow your body to begin to heal. Because these treatments target the source of the pain and not just the symptoms, they are extremely effective in treating problems associated with the musculoskeletal system.

Does The VA Offer Chiropractic Care?

In 2002, President George W. Bush signed a law guaranteeing chiropractic care to anyone who is eligible for treatment through the VA. Despite this fact, many service members do not realize that this option is available for them. While access to chiropractic treatment is guaranteed, not all VA facilities have Doctors of Chiropractic on the premises. If this is the case, you may get a referral from your primary care physician to see a private chiropractor using a “fee-basis” option. If you are denied a referral for chiropractic treatment by your PCP, either for a chiropractor through the VA or a private doctor, you can appeal this decision through the VA.

What is the Patriot Project?

Because the need for chiropractic care is so great among veterans, and because access to this care is still limited in spite of the progress made, the Patriot Project was launched in 2012 by Dr. Timothy P. Novelli. The goal of the project is to get as many service members the treatment they need, free of out of pocket cost to them. Chiropractors who are working with the Patriot Project pledge to treat at least one eligible patient per week. The project has grown into a national movement with participating providers in all 50 states. Patients eligible for care under the Patriot Project include active duty military and their families, veterans with service related disabilities, and all Gold Star dependents. If you qualify for care under the Patriot Project, ask your local chiropractor if they are participating provider to learn more.

If you think you could benefit from chiropractic treatments, call your doctor and discuss your options today!

Top 5 Ways to Relieve Back Pain While You Travel

Top 5 Ways to Relieve Back Pain While You Travel

Traveling can be a wonderful experience, but for those suffering from back pain it often comes with added difficulties and stress. Just the thought of having to manage back pain while on a long trip can be exhausting, but there are ways to ease the discomfort and enjoy your trip to the fullest. This article goes over the top five things you can do to make it through your travels while keeping your back pain under control.

1.Plan for Comfort

If you’re taking a plane, plan to give yourself as much room as possible. If you can book a first class seat, it may be worth it. If that’s not an option for you, there is still plenty you can do in order to maximize your seat space. Try getting an aisle seat where you will have a little more room to stretch out or book a flight during off hours when it won’t be as crowded and you’ll have more space around you. Lumbar support is important, so either plan to bring a pillow with you or make sure you ask your flight attendant for an extra. If you are driving, your seating options will be limited, but there are still steps you can take. Remember to bring a pillow for lumbar support and if possible ride as a passenger where you will be able to stretch
your legs out a little more than in the driver’s seat.

2.Heat and Ice

Alternating between hot and cold is a great way to relieve sore muscles and soothe back pain. Bring a heating pad with you to use at your hotel and ziploc bags to fill with ice. Always remember to protect your skin from direct exposure to the ice packs. These will be extremely helpful to you when you arrive at your destination, but if you have a lengthy travel time you may want to look into instant heat and ice packs. These products can be stored in your regular bag and don’t require access to electrical outlets, providing a perfect option for travel.

3.Move Around

Getting up and moving around on long trips is one of the best things you can do to avoid back pain. Even a person with a healthy back will start to feel sore after too long sitting in the same position, but for someone who already suffers from back pain this becomes even more important. If you’re traveling by car, plan stops along your route to get out and stretch your legs. If you are traveling by plane, it is important to get up and move around, even if it’s just walking up and down the aisle for a few minutes. If you are not able to get out of your seat, try stretching as much as you can while seated. You may also want to get a note from your doctor explaining to the flight crew that you have medical needs requiring you to get up and
move around every 30 minutes or so.

4.Lift Luggage Carefully (or not at all)

Moving and lifting heavy luggage can wreak havoc on a sore back. Try to pack as lightly as possible, or arrange for flight crew or hotel staff to help you with your bags. When you do lift any luggage, move slowly and be careful not to twist your body while lifting. Do not lift by bending forward at the waist. Instead, bend at the hips and knees, straightening your legs as you come up to avoid injury.

5.Relax!

Stress can aggravate back pain, so make sure you remember to take it easy! Get comfortable, listen to some soothing music, or read your favorite book. If you need to, try some deep breathing exercises or meditation techniques. The more relaxed you are, the better you’ll feel – this is your vacation so take the time to really enjoy it!

Follow these tips and spend your time thinking less about your back pain and more about having a wonderful experience. Back pain doesn’t have to stop you from living the life you want – happy trails!

Spinal Stenosis Can Be Managed

Spinal Stenosis Can Be Managed

If you’re suffering from spinal stenosis, there are a number of relief options your primary care doctor will likely suggest that you pursue. Some of the most commonly-prescribed medications for spinal stenosis include standard NSAIDs and opioids for generalized pain, muscle relaxants to reduce spasms, anti-seizure drugs for nerve damage pain, and even antidepressants for chronic pain.

Common alternatives to oral medication include the injection of corticosteroids into the area around the stenosis to reduce inflammation (thereby relieving pressure and pain) as well as regular physical therapy. If your spinal stenosis is particularly severe and the previously-mentioned treatments have not been successful, your doctor may suggest surgical intervention. Three main surgical options—laminectomy, laminotomy and laminoplasty—may be suggested to correct spinal canal stenosis.

For some patients, however, relying on prescription pills and undergoing major surgery are not ideal choices. If you are seeking a less-invasive form of management for your spinal stenosis, chiropractic care may be the answer.

A professional chiropractor will first perform a full examination to diagnose your spinal stenosis and evaluate its severity. Then, he will work with you to develop an appropriate management plan that forgoes expensive, invasive methods in favor of gentle spinal manipulations. By focusing on the overall movement of the spine (and the subluxation—or lack of movement—of the offending vertebrae), a chiropractor can help to improve your range of motion through regular adjustments and exercises that use flexion to loosen the general area and relieve pressure on the spinal cord.

To learn more or to make an appointment, contact Dean Chiropractic.

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