Let A Chiropractor Diagnose You
By Genevieve Smith
Living with undiagnosed and as-of-yet untreated pain is the worst. Hobbies, sleep, and even sneezing, can become painful activities you seek to avoid when sustaining an injury. Sometimes physical therapy can provide temporary relief, or medications can dull pain. Other times, the proper diagnosis can be entirely overlooked, and treatment goes in the wrong direction. When it comes to the musculoskeletal structure, chiropractors are trained and specialized to have an eye for something that a primary care doctor may have missed. Could you get your life back with an evaluation by a chiropractor?
Specialization is Key
Primary care doctors follow a line of questioning to help tease out the most likely reasons for your discomfort. While family history, past injury, and health records are considered for an efficient investigation, the trouble can be overlooked. When there’s little in theory to suggest you may be suffering from a certain cause, that path is not investigated, at least not initially. This can lead to misdiagnosis, which follows with a patient receiving treatment in the wrong direction. When it comes to pain, a chiropractor is specialized to search out the root of it. The methodology of a chiropractor is honed to investigate the skeletal and neurological systems as sources. Herein you may find a proper diagnosis, and be placed on the right track to recovery.
Test Case: The Benefits of a Proper Diagnosis
A test case published in the Rehab Journal of the American Chiropractic Association looked into a patient who had been experiencing severe pain in her lower extremities. After receiving an evaluation and diagnosis by her primary care doctor, she was placed on a path of treatment but her situation did not improve. Over time, she began to experience swelling and a change of color in her foot, and a loss of sensation with tension and tingling spanning one side of her lower body. Daily tasks were becoming a struggle. In an attempt to find a solution, the patient visited a chiropractor. Following a different path of investigation, the chiropractor found the source of her problem, which is a little beyond my means as a writer to describe to you, but you can read in the study linked at the bottom. Discovered through emergent MRI, this path had not previously been investigated, as little indicated a need to pursue this thread. The training of a chiropractor, however, led to such a specialized evaluation and successful diagnosis. The patient was told to get immediate treatment with a surgeon, with follow-up therapy.
Diagnosis does not always lead to a chiropractor recommending chiropractic treatment; but with their training, they are equipped to steer you in a direction that another care professional may have missed. If you are suffering from untreated or misdiagnosed pain, give the chiropractic team at The Joint a try. Take advantage of affordable pricing plans and an open walk-in policy as you move one step closer to pain management.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.