Chiropractors treat ailments associated with the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Some of those disorders may include back and neck pain, arm and leg pain, as well as headaches and achy joints that are specific to the arms and legs. The goal of chiropractic medicine is to treat these conditions, but also to enhance the overall health of the patient.
Chiropractic medicine takes a drug-free approach that involves hands-on therapy to restore joint and nerve function. Chiropractors treat an estimated 27 million patients each year.
Chiropractors are trained in assessing a patient’s condition through diagnostic imaging and clinical examination, resulting in a treatment plan that usually includes exercises and therapy.
Additionally, your chiropractor may advise you regarding adjustments to your lifestyle. He or she is equipped to deliver insight into dietary and nutritional changes that will be beneficial to you.
This advice may also include information regarding ergonomic adjustments at home or at work. For instance, the chair on which you sit may affect your posture and poor posture can result in discomfort in your back, neck, etc.
Chiropractors are licensed by the state in which they practice and are also regulated by state licensing boards. Just like MDs, chiropractors are required to pass a national board exam before receiving their license to practice. They also earn continuing education credits to stay abreast of changes in their field to better serve their patients.
Conservative Approach to Conditions
A patient who visits a chiropractor for muscle or joint pain can expect the chiropractor to be conservative in his or her treatment methods. That means no surgeries or prescription medications, so you won’t have to worry about any post-op downtime or side effects of medications.
Chiropractic medicine is safe and effective, and may even help you avoid complicated treatments including surgery.
Lynx Healthcare provides comprehensive medical services for patients from four locations in Washington and New Mexico. With 21 providers in four different medical specialties, we can address your chiropractic concern with a treatment plan that’s right for you. Call Lynx Healthcare at (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment now.