Musculoskeletal pain is treated best by chiropractic according to a new article

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Musculoskeletal pain is treated best by chiropractic according to a new article

When you have pain in the back, or the shoulder, or the knees, or the ankles, who do you think of going to first? It is a fact that the person you see first for these types of problems will determine the treatment, cost and your overall experience with resolving the problem.

Many people go visit their primary doctor first, since they assume that they would know how to diagnose them and offer them relief. Most are unaware that while most family physicians are happy to evaluate them, they have little skill in resolving a painful condition unless it is a systemic disease process. Since very few problems we experience are systemic disease, the primary will usually prescribe medication which may have side effects and will not solve a mechanical problem, the basis for most conditions that are painful in the body.

Some will visit an orthopedic first or after a referral from their primary doctor, since the family doctor is not very comfortable with the musculoskeletal system or its diagnosis. Often, the experience is a brief visit, with someone who is looking for problems that require surgery, again a small segment of the population. Most orthopedics are interested in the painful part, rather than why the part is painful. If you fell and hurt your wrist and suspect a fracture, an orthopedic may be a good place for you to begin. If your wrist hurts, and it has developed over a long time; you are likely to be disappointed at the way he would manage this problem. They will often refer you to a physical therapist who is likely to work on where you hurt, rather than why.

Some visit a chiropractor first for lower back problems, but do not realize most sports chiropractors understand the mechanical basis of problems such as knee pain, ankle and foot problems in runners, wrist, and elbow and shoulder pain as well as the typical complaints related to the hips, neck, and mid back in the spine. For problems like these, a chiropractor is the best place to begin your journey, since they will look at your body mechanics, your main complaint, dig for more facts and begin your journey toward relief. Our office offers one stop shopping for many of the problems you may have in many of the joints in the body. Recently, an older patient visited us for trigger finger and was surprised to find out that her chronic back and shoulder problems were related to it, that she did not need surgery and that with our help, many chronic problems she was experiencing were relieved in a drugless and conservative manner, and in a relatively short period of time.

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Spine & Sports: Why go to a chiropractor?

By Scott Gillman
Daily News Correspondent

The public consensus is that that chiropractors deal with back pain. This surely is true, and if you’ve got back pain, then the chiropractor is a logical option. But, chiropractors often address all musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Muscles, tendons, ligaments and the fascia connective tissues are all part of the MSK system. MSK conditions in general consume a large chunk of healthcare dollars. Indigestion and pneumonia are not MSK conditions, for example, but sciatica and tennis elbow are. Headaches and lower back pain each drain health-care dollars, and are also costly in lost work time from debilitation.

Why a chiropractor? As licensed doctors, chiropractors or doctors of chiropractic (DC) have the duty to examine and diagnose your condition. DCs are also skilled hands-on providers trained to treat MSK conditions. They clearly are the most trained in providing joint manipulation. Specifically, high-velocity-low-amplitude (HVLA) joint manipulation is what chiropractors do best. While anyone can learn to do HVLA manipulation, to do it really well and perform it effectively and safely takes years of training and practice. HVLA joint manipulation can be powerful medicine in many cases, but not for everyone, and not all the time. Alone it has its limitations, and believing it cures all ills is a fairy tale. Thus, modern chiropractic care combines manipulation with hands-on soft tissue procedures, exercise training, nutrition and ergonomic advice, as well as other modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound, low-level laser therapy, foot orthotics and sport taping, for example. This creates a package of care for all MSK conditions, from headaches to foot pain.

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