People who deal with jobs that require them to engage in physically may at some point complained that they may have undergone some pain due to the physical exertion. Back and neck pains are mostly common for manual laborers and people working in offices due to the physical exertion of their bodies and sitting at desks for more than time that is advised by medical professionals. Sports people like footballers, rugby players and athletes also have this problem and hence a special doctor is usually assigned to them to help keep them in shape.
An alternative medical practice was started to better deal and specialize in the pains explained above. This healthcare profession usually regulated by the relevant authorities is referred to as chiropractic and its professionals, chiropractors. These professionals are trained in diagnosing and treating in addition to preventing and managing any disorders that affect muscles, joints and bones as well as all the negative effects they can cause to other parts of the body like the nervous system.
Chiropractors usually accord special interest to the disorders that affect the neck and back more than any other area. Some of the patients that were treated by chiropractors may confess that these doctors despite their field of expertise took time to look at their social, emotional and physical state which is more than can be said for them. Some of the techniques that chiropractors employ in treating disorders is using their hands to manually manipulate the spine, acupuncture , ultrasound, heat and ice.
When chiropractors employ the above named techniques the long term consequences expected include the patients improved mobility, improved functionality of muscles and bones and reduced pain and discomfort. In addition, these doctors also provide useful information such as therapeutic exercises, changing lifestyles and also guides to helping oneself recuperate from any disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system.
The list of conditions that are treatable by a chiropractor include sport injuries, car accident injuries, neck pains, repetitive strains, headaches, lower back pains and arthritic pains. In any case that the professionals find out that they are incapable of treating a patient because they also specialize in other conditions, may save the patient valuable time and effort by referring them to doctors that are capable of treating that condition.
Consultation followed by giving of one’s case history and finally the physical examination are some of the initial steps that a patient will follow when he/she visits the chiropractic medical clinic. Consultation includes giving a brief list of all the areas the patient maybe suffering from, frequency and duration of these pains among others while case history may involve giving family history, dietary habits and occupational histories.