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Conditions Treated by Chiropractors


Muscle Strain
A muscle strain is an injury (partial tear) that damages the internal structure of the muscle. The tearing may be so small that one could only see it with a microscope or the tearing may be severe enough to cause internal bleeding and cause some muscle fibers to lengthen. If the damaged parts of the muscle actually pull away from each other, it is called a muscle rupture.

Low Back Pain
Low back pain is an ache or discomfort in the area of the lower part of the back and spinal column. The lower spinal column consists of many small bones that surround and protect the spinal cord and nerves. Low back pain is very common, affecting most adults at some point in their lives.

Foot Pain
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones, 33 joints, and 126 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Only a small percentage of Americans are born with foot problems. Most problems are due to neglect and improper care, including ill-fitting shoes. With age, changes occur in the feet. Some disorders begin early in life and are affected by heredity, gait patterns, and terrain. About 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain
The sacroiliac joint is in the low back where the spine meets the pelvis. Sacroiliac joint pain is discomfort in this area. This pain is a symptom that may come from a number of conditions or diseases.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) refers to a chronic condition affecting the nerves and blood vessels of one or more extremities. It is distinguished by extremely unpleasant burning sensations, swelling, sweating, color changes, and other distressing symptoms.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
The patella is the bone that makes the knee cap. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition in which pain is felt under the kneecap. This pain occurs during exercise or movement. It is most common during weight bearing activities such as running. It is often increased by going down stairs or down hills.

Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic neck pain is pain that occurs over a long period of time, usually more than six months. There are many causes for this condition. The pain can range from mild to severe.

Chronic Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is located between the belly button and hips. If it lasts for six months or more it is called chronic pelvic pain. It is often difficult to figure out what is the source of the pain. Pelvic pain can be caused by problems in the:

Forearm Muscle Strain
A Muscle Strain is an injury (partial tear) that damages the internal structure of the muscle. The tearing may be so small that it can only be seen with a microscope. Or, the tearing may be severe enough to cause internal bleeding and cause some muscle fibers to become longer. If the damaged parts of the muscle actually pull away from each other, it is called a muscle rupture.

Abdominal Muscle Strain
This is an injury that damages the internal structure of the abdominal muscles. Strains are marked by rips or tears to a muscle. Most of the time, these rips or tears are tiny. They may cause some discomfort. When the damaged parts of the muscle pull away from each other, it is called a rupture.

Chiropractor Frequently Asked Questions


What Conditions does a Chiropractor Treat?

Chiropractors are experts trained in the neuromusculoskeletal system that diagnose and treat disorders of the spine and other body joints. The vast majority of conditions treated relate to back, neck and head pain. A chiropractor may treat allergies, asthma, back aches and pain, carpal tunnel, elbow pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, hip pain, joint pain and problems, knee pain, lower back pain, muscle tightness and stiffness, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, sports injuries, stress, and TMJ.

What Procedures do Chiropractors Perform?

The most common procedure performed by a chiropractor is known as "spinal manipulation," or "chiropractic adjustment." Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected areas restores motion, alleviates pain and muscle tightness, and allows tissues to heal.

Chiropractors use their hands for most treatments and also use other methods such as heat, light, specialized adjusting instruments, ultrasound, electrotherapy, personalized exercise programs, muscle-testing and balancing. Your chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

When Should I See a Chiropractor?

Some patients seek treatment from a chiropractor for wellness care, some to maintain mobility, some for pain relief, and others to maintain joint function and a healthy spine. You may be a good candidate for a visit to the chiropractor if you suffer from chronic joint or muscle pain that doesn't go away with medication, if you've suffered an injury which you're still feeling pain from, if you feel worse after a hard workout or sports activity, if your current job requires you to spend hours sitting, or if you're looking for a non-intrusive, non-surgical solution to muscle and joint pain.

Will Insurance Cover a Chiropractor Visit?

Yes, chiropractic treatments are included in most health insurance plans. Contact your insurance provider to confirm availability with your specific plan as all coverage is different.

What Should I Consider When Choosing a Chiropractor?

When selecting a local chiropractor, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • Are you licensed?
  • If I notice a problem, how quickly can I get an appointment?
  • Do you offer evening or weekend hours?
  • How many years have you been practicing chiropractic care?
  • How many times a week or month must I come for care or readjustment?
  • Will I be seeing you or an assistant when I visit?
  • Do you have patient references available?

Finding a Chiropractor

Start your search right here on ThirdAge.com. Find local chiropractors near you, read reviews from other users, view ratings, or compare other important information. You can also ask friends, colleagues, or other people you know for a recommendation. You may also call your state's board to see if the chiropractor is licensed or has any complaints against them.


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