In general, chiropractors are capable of helping address common back pains, including symptoms from a herniated disc. If this is your first time visiting a chiropractor, there’s no need to worry. The process is relatively simple and there’s nothing that you should be anxious about. It all starts with an initial assessment – this includes checking your medical history, performing physical, orthopedic and sometimes neurological exams.
Not everyone will receive the same form of treatment as all people’s conditions may differ from another. Because of this, your chiropractor will begin the initial assessment and will get answers for his/her questions through the results of the orthopedic and neurological exams.
How are your reflexes? Are they intact? In general, your chiropractor will perform a classic reflex test. You may have heard or experienced this where your doctor taps your knee. As a natural reflex, it’ll kick up. This is one of the simple tests to determine whether your nerves are sending the correct messages to and from your brain.
Some of the tests will also determine whether you’re losing muscle strength. A series of questions may also be asked to the patient to help determine the answer.
Do you usually experience a loss of nerve sensation?
How’s your posture going? Sometimes, an MRI exam or an X-Ray exam might be requested by the chiropractor to help diagnose the symptoms of your condition.
In general, a chiropractor promotes healing by carefully assessing your entire spine. Regardless if you’re experiencing neck or lower back pain, the chiropractor will assess your entire spine. This is to check your spine’s overall health. Bear in mind that one area of your spine can have a significant difference and influence towards other parts of your body and overall health.
As soon as the necessary information is reviewed, your chiropractor will then assess and check if you have herniated discs or intervertebral disc injury. If diagnosed, the treatment requires a treatment plan by your chiropractor. Usually, it starts with spinal manipulation. You may have heard some of your friends using the term “adjustments” and it’s basically the same thing. Your chiropractor may also make use of other chiropractic techniques to ease the symptoms of your herniated discs.
As mentioned earlier, not everyone has the same situation, which means that your chiropractor may also formulate an individualized treatment plan which may also include therapeutic exercises, and often times, manual therapy. Specific details of this treatment plan generally depends on the pain level one is feeling, activity, and overall health in general.
Do not hesitate to ask your chiropractor regarding the treatment plan and don’t be afraid to ask why they have chosen that plan. You would want to ensure that you fully understand the entire plan, what needs to be done, and how this treatment can help relieve the pain and the symptoms.