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When you go to an Independence chiropractor for back pain treatment, you may be surprised by the depth of the initial exam. That's because the part of the back that hurts may not actually be the source of the pain. Because of the way nerves work, the pain may be sent, or "referred," from other areas connected to the ones that go through the painful area. Your doctor will, therefore, examine all parts that could be sending the signal before recommending a back pain treatment.
The neck and the hips are two common sources of what is perceived as back pain. Almost all of the body's nerves run through the neck, so a problem that triggers nerves here can be perceived as damage to a wide variety of other parts. Because of this, an x-ray and palpation of the vertebrae in the neck are always good ideas.
Pain in the lower back can be caused by problems not just in the neck, but also in the pelvis. Therefore, this area may be x-rayed as part of the diagnostic process.
In the case of an auto accident or another source of heavy impact, it is common for the back, neck, and pelvis to all be affected. Then, treatment for all of the areas is required.
Of course, there are times when the body reports pain exactly as most patients expect, and the back is indeed the source of the problem. Even then, the doctor should check possible alternatives in order to be sure.
We at Dunwoody Chiropractic Center start new patients with a comprehensive examination to determine exactly where back pain is coming from and what is causing it. This includes x-rays, a direct physical examination by the doctor, and the taking of your complete medical history. You'll also be asked about any falls, car accidents, and other such events.
Once the source of pain is pinned down, a treatment plan is devised. There are several ways the details of such plans can differ since they are tailored to your specific situation. That said, plans generally include the manipulation of affected bones and nearby structures to restore them to an optimal state. Therapeutic massage is often included in a plan as well. It loosens up tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments so that corrective manipulation is easier and more effective. It also helps reduce pain and improves circulation. Additional therapies, such as spinal decompression, may also be employed.
The key to successful back pain treatment is correctly determining what needs to be done to address it. To get an effective exam that gets your treatment started in the right direction, just call us here at Dunwoody Chiropractic Center in Independence, GA. Our phone number is (770) 551-9767.