Chiropractic: Here’s a brief overview of what chiropractic care is all about and a more detail explanation of how we practice it follows.
The ACA and AMA describe Chiropractic as: Doctors of chiropractic—often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Using broad diagnostic skills, chiropractors develop treatment plans that may include manual therapies (i.e., manipulation/adjustments); nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling; physiotherapy; and physical medicine and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractors are considered first-contact providers, and are so defined in federal and state regulations, including within the Medicare program. For many neuromusculoskeletal conditions, such as lower back pain, the services provided by a chiropractor may be the primary method of treatment. When other health conditions exist, chiropractors often complement or support medical treatment by co-managing with other members of a patient’s health care team. Doctors of chiropractic assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic interventions to determine which treatments are best suited for a patient’s condition.
Now this is how we practice Chiropractic: All the above is where regular Chiropractic ends and The Chicago FIX Starts – This isn’t your stereotypical doctor’s office. Not only in esthetics but also in our approach to treating patients. We take an aggressive, proactive approach to alleviating symptoms, resolving problems, and returning patients to their daily and/or extra-curricular activities as quickly and as well-prepared as possible. We spend a lot more time with our patients then one might be accustomed to at other clinics. Our physicians do most of their own modalities and procedures, which we feel allows them to become more involved in the patients specific treatment. We use a light hand contact to produce a low impact, quick adjustment to joints. This type of adjustment is ideal to get past your muscles instinctively blocking the motion and low impact so that it’s comfortable to you. We don’t adjust everyone. Reasons we wouldn’t use an adjustment would be because of patient’s comfort, patient acute tenderness, patient’s frailty, patient’s past medical history, or preexisting factors. We are extremely well versed in properly screening patients before using adjustments. The patient’s best interest and comfort are never anything less than our first priority.
We always strive to treat on the first visit. Since we have imaging equipment in office and are extremely well versed in performing orthopedic examinations, we have the tools to properly diagnosis you and begin treatment on the same visit. Simple reason is we hate to see our patients in pain so at the least we start treating symptoms as soon as possible.
We don’t over-treat. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Over-treatment can leave a joint hypermobile and susceptible to just as many injuries as a joint that was hypermobile (what the treatment was trying to correct). Another precaution for over-treating our patients is that they become dependent on the treatment and are unable to sustain a healthy level of activity. Therefore, we make sure that we don’t abuse the treatment. We set a precise treatment protocol for each individual case and we execute that plan in the least amount of visits so that the patient can return to activity before other systems begin to fail.