Extremity Analysis for Chiropractic Diagnostics
In the musculoskeletal system, there are so many different interactive components that contribute to the entire whole. In chiropractic care, professionals stress the importance of assessing the entire body as a whole rather than just looking at one specific region of the body or body part. When considering musculoskeletal injuries and the approach that needs to be taken to diagnose them, chiropractors are able to look at what is occurring in all parts of the body as a way to diagnose problems and injuries with a global perspective of the body.
When performing diagnostics for musculoskeletal injuries in the extremities, chiropractors can look past the injury in the extremities to determine whether or not there is a root cause of the injury in other parts of the body. In the extremities, such as the wrists, hands, feet, and ankles, there are points of extreme sensitivity as the joints and the connections in these body parts experience a lot of stress. While there may be problems in the exact extremities themselves, like tendinitis in the wrists for example, there could potentially be problems in the alignment of other parts of the body that are contributing to the problems in the extremities.
Chiropractors have often identified problems in the spine’s alignment as key contributors in pain, discomfort, or injury in the extremities. For example, if there is a problem in the alignment of the lumbar region of the spine, then there could be problems in the sacroiliac joint and the structure of these musculoskeletal components. This misalignment could then alter the layout of the bones in the upper legs, the lower legs, and other bones. The ankles and feet can be severely impacted by this misalignment.
We can now see that the alignment problems that are occurring in the spine radiate across the entire body to the point where there are problems in the extremities. When chiropractors find these problems, they are able to look at the overall injury or condition, identify root causes, and realign the musculoskeletal components that are contributing to the problem. Often times, spinal issues can lead to nerve blockage. This can lead to a lack of important nutrients flowing throughout the body. So whether it is the nerves, spinal misalignment or joint pain getting you down, it's important to note the status of the whole body in order to create an effective treatment plan.