Chiropractor care is a non-surgical treatment option to help reduce neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, sciatica, disc pain, sports injuries, and wrist pain. Chiropractors specialize in manual adjustment techniques to adjust your spine in order to correct spinal misalignments that cause pain and health issues. Spinal manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injuries caused by trauma.
Reasons to See a Chiropractor
You have any of the following conditions:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Your job requires you to sit for long periods of time
- Chronic Back Pain
- The soles of your shoes wear out differently
- Limited range of motion
- You were involved in a recent accident
- Sharp, shooting pain in your legs
- You’re an active person
- You want to live a more health-conscious life.
Massage is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to help reduce tension and pain, as well as improve blood flow. Masseurs apply pressure using their hands, forearms and elbows.
Massage therapists can help you relieve stress, tension headaches and help with muscle tension as well as chronic joint pain.
Pain Specialists are experts in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of pain. This is a branch of medicine that applies science to the reduction of pain. It covers a wide spectrum of conditions, including neuropathic pain, sciatica, postoperative pain, and more. Pain management is a rapidly growing medical specialty that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to treat all kinds of pain.
As a first-time patient in a pain clinic, you might experience the following:
- Diagnostic tests
- Referral to a surgeon
- Interventional treatment such as injections or spinal cord stimulation
- Physical Therapy
When To See a Pain Specialist
After a car accident, seeing a pain management doctor or a doctor who specializes in auto accident injury care will benefit you. These doctors have specialized training in dealing with auto accident patients. They will help you develop a treatment plan and prevent further injury. Most importantly, they will help you reduce your pain.
If you have chronic or long-lasting pain or have an increase in taking pain reliever medication, you may benefit from a visit with a pain specialist. Often times, pain doesn’t go away instantly but with the help of these professionals, you can treat your pain for long-term relief. Pain clinics may prescribe narcotics, however, many of them offer alternatives to narcotics. Procedures they may use as an alternative to narcotics include:
Pain clinics may have doctors who specialize in certain procedures or types of pain. Check with a clinic about what their doctors specialize in prior to an appointment.
Physical therapists help injured people improve movement, increase strength and range of motion, and manage their pain. Your physical therapist will review medical history, and notes from doctors or surgeons. They can diagnose patients by observing them stand, walk and listening to their concerns. With this information, they will develop an individualized plan for the care of their patients. These plans will include exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy and equipment to facilitate health and wellness.
Physical therapists treat those who have functional problems from back and neck injuries, sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis, amputations, a neurological disorder such as stroke or cerebral palsy and injuries related to work and sports.
When to See a Physical Therapist
The most common injuries to occur in a car accident include whiplash, back pain, knee injuries such as MCL, ACL tears,
- Herniated Disc
- Knee Trauma such as an ACL tear or damage to the Meniscus
- Broken Bones
- Sprains and Strains
All of these injuries would benefit from physical therapy as physical therapists seek to strengthen and restore mobility.