Ask Dr. True - February
Q: What can I expect when I see a chiropractor for the first time?
A: Chiropractic physicians are experts in non-surgical management of musculoskeletal pain (pain that affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves) and treatment of spine disorders.
Depending on your history and the severity of a problem, most chiropractic physicians want to see X-rays or a recent MRI of the region of pain. After an examination and review of any diagnostic studies, your doctor will prescribe a series of treatments. Treatments are usually scheduled for two to three visits per week, which can be reduced as the patient improves. Because the results of treatments are incremental, it is common to see the doctor over a four to eight week period.
Different types of chiropractic treatments may be performed to relieve pain, restore mobility, and improve flexibility and strength. Treatment customarily involves correction of vertebral fixation or subluxation using spinal manipulation, which means that the chiropractic physician uses his hand or an instrument to adjust the vertebra and restore mobility to the spine. The benefits include improved neural function, reduced pain, reduction of spasm and improved quality of life. If a problem is chronic or severe, symptoms will likely return to some degree over time and may require follow-up care. The risk associated with chiropractic care is extremely low, and patient satisfaction is very high.
Dr. Jerry True
To learn more about your health, visit Dr. True at his chiropractic neurologist practice in Stuart.