Most people think that they should only rely on physicians to treat pain, discomfort, and other serious medical conditions. They never even consider seeing other health care providers, especially if it’s a child that needs diagnosis and treatment. But many times what physicians prescribe for treatment does not provide substantial relief from symptoms. Furthermore, many of the traditional medical treatments they provide are invasive and some even have many harmful side effects. That is why more people every day are choosing chiropractic care. In fact, each year almost 18 million people visit a chiropractor, and approximately 1.8 million of those patients are children.
If you think chiropractors only work on patients with bad backs and joint pain, you will be surprised to find out the many ways a chiropractor can help adults and children overcome debilitating conditions and achieve overall wellness.
Before you visit a chiropractor in Clermont FL, you may have some questions about chiropractic care. What is it? What can you expect? Is it safe for both adults children? Here, we will answer some of these questions, as well as discuss what natural treatments a chiropractor might recommend for you and your family.
What are Doctors of Chiropractic?
Doctors of chiropractic are highly trained medical professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in patients of all ages. They are educated as primary health care providers and are especially adept at working on muscles, ligaments, joints, extremities, and the spine. While traditional medical care focuses on treating patients with potentially harmful medications, expensive medical devices, surgeries, and hospitalizations, doctors of chiropractic focus on natural, holistic treatments with the aim of gently restoring overall patient health and function.
How are chiropractors trained?
To become a chiropractor, individuals must complete pre-med undergraduate requirements, as well as complete 4 to 5 years of professional study at an accredited chiropractic college. During training, doctors of chiropractic learn about orthopedics, neurology, anatomy, physiology, diagnostic imaging, and much more.
This allows chiropractors to take an integrative hands-on approach to you and your children’s care, and, along with adjustments and spinal manipulation, recommend other effective therapies such as rehabilitative exercise, massage, nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic treatment has been around for over 100 years, and it has been proven to be one of the safest non-invasive therapeutic techniques available for nervous system and musculoskeletal complaints, even in pregnant women and children with disabilities. With that said, no medical treatment is completely risk free. Sometimes patients may experience slight soreness, stiffness, or aching after treatment, but major problems are extremely rare. Studies show that adverse events during chiropractic care occur in fewer than 3 in 100,000 adults. When it comes to children receiving chiropractic care, adverse events are almost non-existent, occurring during approximately 1 in 250 million pediatric visits.
What happens during your first chiropractic examination?
Like most healthcare providers, chiropractic doctors like to perform an initial consultation and examination before discussing any treatment options. Whether adult or child, a standard chiropractic examination consists of three parts.
- First, the chiropractor will briefly go over your symptoms during a consultation. At this time, you will have the opportunity to describe the characteristics of your pain, as well as pertinent information such as what makes the pain better or worse.
- Second, the chiropractor will go over different areas of your history. Asking questions that pertain to your family medical history, medication history, nutritional habits, past treatment history, occupation, and other areas of diagnostic interest.
- Third, the chiropractor will perform a thorough physical examination to determine which vertebrae require chiropractic treatment. This may include manual palpation of your spinal segments and x-rays to discover misaligned vertebra, which are better known as subluxations.
What treatment options do chiropractors offer?
While a chiropractor may use many treatment modalities to achieve the best results for adult and pediatric patients, the primary treatment for ailments such as back pain, headaches, and joint pain remains spinal manipulation. Let’s quickly discuss back pain and how spinal manipulation can help adults and children get relief.
As one of the most common issues faced by adults worldwide, back pain accounts for some staggering statistics. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives, and, on average, Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain. Children also have issues with back pain. In fact, 10% of children aged 9 to 10 suffer from low back pain with 2% experiencing disability.
If you have back pain and have sought diagnosis and treatment from a physician who specializes in spinal and neurological disorders, you know that the time and money spent for office visits, medications, surgeries, and hospital stays can be astronomical. However, patients with back pain that see a chiropractor for treatment often get relief from their back pain faster, have longer-lasting results, and spend a lot less of their money on treatment. Studies show that patients visiting chiropractors had 60% fewer hospitalizations, 62% fewer surgeries, and used 85% fewer pharmaceuticals than patients who received traditional medical care.
Spinal manipulation is used by chiropractors to treat back pain. During spinal manipulation a chiropractor applies a controlled amount of force to misaligned vertebra, restoring your spine’s mobility, alignment, and overall function. Other than quickly relieving pain, spinal manipulation can also improve circulation and increase oxygen levels in your muscles. Spinal manipulation is also safe for infants and children, and it can be used to treat conditions such as ear infections, colic, asthma, and learning problems.
Now that you know more about the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care, perhaps you would like to find out more about how a chiropractor in Clermont, FL can provide your family with a treatment plan aimed at promoting overall health and wellness. If you would like to speak to a member of our knowledgeable staff about your family’s chiropractic needs, send us an email or give our office a call to set up your free consultation.