If you have chronic pain—especially in the neck, back, hips, and head—and have undergone conventional treatments with no relief, it may be time to use alternative therapies. Chiropractors, in particular, are especially effective in musculoskeletal complaints.
Like any other doctor, you will be fully assessed when you consult a chiropractor. You will probably be asked to engage in some simple motility and mobility tests, such as bending, raising limbs, or twisting. These orthopedic tests help determine what specific medical problem you may have.
While orthopedic tests are usually conducted by orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors use them as well to see whether a painful area is properly aligned. Once the chiropractor finishes the tests—finding out what, exactly, is producing your discomfort—the chiropractor will then be able to determine the source of the pains you’re experiencing. Orthopedic testing is simply done to evaluate whether your kind of pain is something that chiropractic care can help treat.
There are many tests that may be conducted by your chiropractor, depending upon where your pain is located, whether in the neck, thorax, pelvis, and extremities. The orthopedic tests are grouped into the following:
- Cervical Lesion Tests
- Thoracic Lesion Tests
- Lumbar Lesion Tests
- Sacroiliac Lesion Tests
- Sciatic Nerve Lesion Tests
- Intervertebral Disc Syndromes
- Nervous System Lesion Tests
- Miscellaneous Soft Tissue Lesion Tests
- Upper Extremity Tests
- Hip Lesion Tests
- Hamstring Tests
- Lower Extremity Tests
- Circulatory Disorder Tests
- Tests for Malingering
The chiropractor will also palpate the spine to feel for any indication of dysfunction, muscle spasms, edema, changes in skin temperature, or the presence of trigger points.
In addition to these tests, you will be asked to provide your medical history, the history of your present complaints, and other questions that may be relevant to your pain, including your lifestyle and work environment. If necessary, the chiropractor will also conduct neurological tests, x-rays, and even ask for an MRI to be taken.
Given all these data, the chiropractor will then come up with a diagnosis, and prescribe a treatment plan specifically for you, which may include spinal adjustments, heat packs, ultrasound, and stretching exercises.
Orthopedic and other tests are just a few of the tools being used by chiropractors to give you the best care to relieve your chronic pain. If you’ve been suffering from undiagnosed pain, contact your local chiropractor today!