To become a doctor of chiropractic, one must complete specific undergraduate study focusing on basic sciences. Once this has been completed, one must attend an accredited chiropractic college where they will complete four years of classes similar to medical school. Chiropractic students will spend more time on anatomy, chiropractic technique, biomechanics and nutrition; whereas, the medical student will spend more time on pathology and pharmacology.
This is not a requirement. However, we do prefer to work in conjunction with your primary care physician in order to treat you more effectively.
The most common cause of low back and neck pain is having certain areas in your body too tight and stiff, while other areas are too weak. For example, many low back pain patients have tight/stiff hips and weak core abdominal muscles, putting too much stress on the low back.
Loss of motion in the spine or extremity joint is considered joint dysfunction. These joint dysfunctions can be caused by a variety of things including:
- Traumatic injury (Motor vehicle accident, sports related injury)
- Repetitive use injury (long distance running, poor posture)
- Chemical stress due to poor diet and nutrition.
A chiropractic adjustment is the primary treatment method used by chiropractic physicians. This technique is applied to joints that have been diagnosed as being fixated or dysfunctional. The adjustment is applied by hand and consists of a low force controlled velocity contact at the specific site of joint dysfunction.
The adjustment helps to restore joint motion which reduces/inhibits pain, reduces/inhibits muscle spasm/tightness, reduces/inhibits joint inflammation and improves muscle balance.
Chiropractic treatment, which consists of the adjustment, soft tissue release, and rehabilitation exercises, rarely hurts. It typically feels good. Some patients may experience some soreness at the beginning of care, but this soreness quickly resolves.
Doctors at Dynamic Spine and Rehabilitation Center routinely communicate with our patients’ primary care physician given the patient’s permission to do so. We also make an effort to notify our patients’ primary care physician of any unusual condition or circumstance pertaining to the patient.
No. First we must determine if chiropractic care can help you by taking a history, performing a physical examination, and obtaining diagnostic imaging (if clinically indicated). If it has been determined that our care can benefit you, then we will initiate an estimated, finite treatment plan to address your condition. The length of this treatment plan varies depending on your condition. If chiropractic care is not of benefit to you, then we will suggest other sources of help or refer you to another doctor.
Chiropractic treatments aim to improve overall spinal function. Therefore, it is beneficial to those who have received surgery. Our rehabilitation program at Dynamic Spine and Rehabilitation Center can be used for both pre and post-surgical recovery.
No, the vast majority of our patients are not x-rayed. We only send patients for an x-ray when we suspect a fracture, severe degeneration or possible pathology.
Yes. In fact, many pregnant women experience low back pain due to the changes occurring during their pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help alleviate this pain and help to provide a more pleasant experience for you and your child.