Tag Archives: Glossary “A”


Adjustment ad·just·ment \ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt\ noun A type of manipulation involving a high-velocity application of force. A chiropractic adjustment involves the chiropractor using his hands to adjust misaligned vertebrae and ensure they are put back in their original position.

Acute Back Pain

Acute Back Pain acute back pain \ə-ˈkyüt\ bak\ pān\ noun Relates to back pain that lasts for a relatively short period of time. If a patient suffers from this problem for more than three months, it is no longer deemed to be acute back pain.


Arthritis ar·thri·tis \är-ˈthrī-təs\ noun A generic term for the inflammation of the joints. There are a number of different forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.