Good chiropractors do everything in their power to help relieve their patients’ symptoms as fast as possible – with as few adjustments as necessary – and also give advice on how to avoid future episodes of back pain or sciatica.All treatment must be based on an accurate diagnosis of your back pain. Make sure your chiropractor is well informed regarding your medical history, including ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic or surgical history, and lifestyle factors. You should feel comfortable asking all the questions necessary to understand the chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan when you meet with your chiropractor whether it is your first visit or during ongoing treatment.
The chiropractor may check your posture and movement patterns, looking for things that aren't normal, such as one shoulder or hip that is higher than the other or a muscle group that isn’t working properly. The exam may also include muscle, reflex, and neurological testing. You may also walk a short distance so that the chiropractor can check how you walk or other arm or leg movements. Based on those findings, your chiropractor may recommend x-rays.
The treatment plan for back pain may involve manual adjustments in which the chiropractor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, quick impulse to improve range and quality of motion.
Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional counseling and exercise, or rehabilitation, into the treatment plan to help re-establish proper muscle elasticity and stability.
The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function to assist in tissue healing/repair and prevention of re-injury in the future. The newest research shows that for soft tissue remodeling and repair to occur properly, it can take a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of two years. It is important to remember, during the treatment plan, that healing will still occur even when pain is gone. This also emphasizes the importance of continued self-care at home and engaging in a healthy lifestyle.