Manipulating the neck area, particularly the cervical spine, is a common technique used by chiropractors to treat patients experiencing pain on the neck, upper back, shoulders, and even on the arms and the head. Just like the most widely used treatments for disorders and injuries affecting the lower back, chiropractic care is now considered as a primary treatment for a lot of conditions affecting the cervical spine.
In order to manage the symptoms and complaints associated with the cervical spine, treatments are performed with the goal of reducing pain, improving motion and restoring function in mind. Such goals are usually accomplished through the use of several different approaches. One of the most common approaches is the chiropractic manipulation.
Before determining which approach is best suited for the patient and his or her physical condition, the doctor of chiropractic takes the time to get to know the full patient history, conduct the necessary physical examination, review the medical history of family members, as well as review the treatment plans and systems that the patient have completed previously. Some of the tests involved in this evaluation and diagnostic process may include x-ray, computerized tomography or CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging, electromyogram and nerve conduction velocity, blood analysis, urine analysis, and referral to different specialists. There can be more laboratory tests needed depending on the case of each individual, but not very many are usually required especially for general pain complaints.
The Two Commonly Used Types of Chiropractic Manipulation
For cervical spine complaints, two types of chiropractic manipulation can be performed.
The first is the traditional chiropractic adjustment, which is referred to as the high-velocity, low-amplitude or HVLA thrust. The second is the cervical spinal mobilization, which uses less force than the first to move the joint through a motion still within a physically tolerable range. Because of the use of less and gentler forces, it is referred to as the low-velocity, low-amplitude or LVLA technique
Depending on the physical condition, personal preference and response to the treatment of the patient, as well as the preferred techniques of the doctor of chiropractic, the combination of the different approaches to chiropractic manipulation may be varied. It is important to evaluate and keep reevaluating the technique used in the course of treatment in order to determine the most effective techniques.
Other Types of Chiropractic Manipulation
Aside from these two approaches, adjunctive therapy can also be used by chiropractors. A typical adjunctive therapy consists of a massage, the application of therapeutic heat and cold, and stretching and strengthening exercises among others. This may also include counseling about nutrition, diet and even lifestyle.
Scheduling a Chiropractor 37416 appointment
If you are feeling pain along your cervical spine or any other part joint, muscle or nerve, please do not hesitate to schedule a Chiropractor 37416 appointment. Patients may conveniently visit the contact page, call our staff or visit our office.