Prior to any care plan being made, a full assessment is done. First a medical history is compiled. Questions about any injury and the intensity of the pain are asked. The hurting may be sporadic or chronic, sharp or dull as well as moderate to unbearable.
A physical exam is done on the spine and other parts of the body that are of concern. Tests may include reflex response, range-of-motion and observing posture and gait. No decision as to what care is optimal is made until a full evaluation is completed.
Many chiropractic care plans start with a series of spinal adjustments. Often the condition called subluxation is the source of pain. These adjustments serve to correct the misalignment. Progress varies from person to person depending on age and state of health prior to onset of pain.
The hollow bones that make up the spine have spongy discs between them. This prevents them from rubbing together. When one of these discs is herniated, it bulges out and can impact the delicate nerve roots located there.
A common injury to the neck is called whiplash due to the head being whipped forward and back in a car crash. Upper back pain can result from tension and lower back pain is the primary reason people turn to chiropractors. The migraine headache, unlike others, causes the sufferer to be incapacitated for days. She or he may experience nausea and vomiting.
As you progress through the series of adjustments and pain is alleviated, you may look forward to returning to work. Continue with any exercise routine recommended. Plan on returning for follow-up care, usually at six month intervals is sufficient.