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Patients are referred to the chiropractor when in need of a diagnosis, as well as treatment and/or preventive care for a broad range of musculoskeletal disorders. Clients must be referred by a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician. The chiropractor’s role as a member of our interdisciplinary team has a focus on the proper management of lower back pain and other musculoskeletal ailments. This involves a comprehensive musculoskeletal disorders assessment which requires a complete health history, a disability questionnaire as well as a physical assessment. Once a proper diagnosis is established, treatment begins utilizing the most current evidenced based techniques and procedures. Treatments can include acupuncture, spinal manipulation therapy, deep tissue therapy, and usage of electrostimulation devices such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
There is also an education component to patients on self-administered stretching and core- stabilization exercises. The patient education aspect is very important in the chiropractor role. Patients are also educated on preventative measures to help decrease the incidence of lower back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders issues in their lives such as lifting strategies, core strengthening, and proper diet. In cases of chronic lower back pain, a strategy has been implemented focusing on education related to coping with the pain and developing individual strategies to return daily life activities.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment originated in China, that has been revised for our modern Western world, and now recognized as a safe and effective alternative to medication. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) at strategic points on the body. Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat and manage pain for a variety of conditions such as sciatica, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, sprains and strains, whiplash and headaches, as well as other neurological and medical conditions. Acupuncture can also be a helpful complement to standard care.