Chiropractic Care Q & A
by Ram Parikh, D.C.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is a special branch of alternative medicine that focuses on the detection, treatment, and management of neuromuscular disorders. Chiropractic care has a unique emphasis on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic like Dr. Parikh operate from the premise that any misalignment of the spine leads to abnormalities in the nervous system. Chiropractors also believe in the body’s ability to heal itself with proper alignment.
Chiropractic care involves a range of non-surgical treatments including spinal manipulation, exercise, massage, hot and cold therapy, and lifestyle management to treat conditions such as headaches, arthritic pain, lower back pain, neck pain, and sports injuries among others.
How do I know if chiropractic care is right for me?
If you are coping with a condition affecting the musculoskeletal or nervous systems, you may consider seeing a chiropractor. Many people go to primary care doctors or even massage therapists for pain when a chiropractor would be much more effective at diagnosing and treating the problem. Chiropractors are trained doctors who have a thorough understanding of your body’s systems. Dr. Parikh has the ability to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and complete x-rays to gain a better understanding of the problem. People often go to the local chiropractor after visiting several other providers with little to no success. Visiting a chiropractor at the first sign of musculoskeletal pain can save you time and help you get closer to full functioning again.
What can I expect during chiropractic care?
At your initial appointment with your Butler, PA chiropractor, your doctor will perform a thorough review of your medical history, family history, and ask questions about your present symptoms. Then, your doctor will perform a chiropractic exam to assess functions like range of motion and muscle strength and tone. Finally, your doctor will order diagnostic tests such as blood work, x-rays, and other tests to help determine the cause of your symptoms. After getting a clear picture of your condition, then your doctor will devise a personalized treatment plan for chiropractic care. We also use cold laser therapy to increase circulation, decrease pain and regrow cartilage. Trigenics can be used to lengthen and strengthen muscles.