Chiropractic care includes spinal manipulation and non-manipulative therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation, massage therapy and ultrasound.  As determined upon MRI, your doctor may diagnose a condition that doesn’t warrant surgical care or injection.  These conditions can respond to a well-designed course of physical therapy and/or chiropractic manipulation.

When is chiropractic care a treatment option for you?

  • If your spine is stable

  • If you are experiencing recent neurological symptoms (aprox. less than three months), e.g. numbness, pain, or weakness in the arms or legs

  • If you have soft tissue strains and sprains

  • For conditions such as: benign low back pain, whiplash, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, facet joint syndrome

When is chiropractic care not recommended?

  • If you are experiencing spinal instability

  • For symptoms of numbness, pain or weakness in the arms or legs which persist longer than approx. three months following a course of conservative treatmen

  • For conditions such as spondylolisthesis,  severe abnormal spinal curvature, severe disc herniation, certain degrees of disc degeneration

Be wary of:

  • Promises to cure diseases unrelated to the spine

  • Diagnoses of subluxated vertebrae

  • Excessive long-term maintenance care

  • Pediatric chiropractic

  • Supplementation sales

Chiropractic care has a place in treatment of back and neck pain – and reputable chiropractors are partners with medical doctors to achieve successful outcomes for their patients

Be an informed consumer – Visit a chiropractor who has been recommended by an orthopedic specialist or who works with physicians in a back pain clinic.  Check with a Center of Excellence near you for references.