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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure (mainly the spine) and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Treatment

During the initial visit, chiropractors typically take a health history and perform a physical examination, with a special emphasis on the spine. Other examinations or tests such as x-rays may also be performed. If chiropractic treatment is considered appropriate, a treatment plan will be developed.

During followup visits, practitioners may perform one or more of the many different types of adjustments and other manual therapies used in chiropractic care. Given mainly to the spine, a chiropractic adjustment involves using the hands or a device to apply a controlled, rapid force to a joint. The goal is to increase the range and quality of motion in the area being treated and to aid in restoring health. Joint mobilization is another type of manual therapy that may be used.

Chiropractors may combine the use of spinal adjustments and other manual therapies with several other treatments and approaches such as:

  • Heat and ice
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Rehabilitative and general exercise
  • Counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors
  • Dietary supplements

If You Are Thinking About Seeking Chiropractic Care

  • Ask about the chiropractor’s education and license.
  • Mention any medical conditions you have, and ask whether the chiropractor has specialized training or experience in the condition for which you are seeking care.
  • Ask about typical out-of-pocket costs and insurance coverage. (Chiropractic is covered by many health maintenance organizations and private health plans, Medicare, and state workers’ compensation systems.)
  • Tell the chiropractor about any medications (prescription or over-the-counter) and dietary supplements you take. If the chiropractor suggests a dietary supplement, ask about potential interactions with your medications or other supplements.

Coast Spine and Sports Medicine does not currently offer Chiropractic treatments in house, however we are happy to give referrals to partnered, certified Chiropractors. Please contact us at 714-285-0014 for more information.

Coast Spine and Sports Medicine does not currently offer chiropractic treatment in house, however we are happy to refer certified Chiropractors in our area. Please contact us at 714-285-0014 for more information.

1. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chiropractic/

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