Chiropractic Medicine

A chiropractor is a holistic health care practitioner focused on the diagnostic and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain and whiplash. Chiropractic care is not medically accepted practice and should not be treated as such. Many chiropractic offices are legally allowed to practice by the State Boards of Chiropractic Medicine and Oriental Medicine in most states. Most chiropractors also seek continuing education credits to help them keep current on new techniques and treatments that become available throughout the years. Click here to find more about Lone Star Spine and Rehab are here
A chiropractor works closely and is committed to working with the entire person to provide optimum wellness by addressing the body’s interconnectedness. This is why many chiropractic offices have sports medicine, occupational medicine, exercise science and neurological expertise to offer to their patients. A chiropractor will first perform a comprehensive exam to assess the patient’s medical history and to eliminate possible diagnostic imaging tests that could compromise the work they do. The primary focus of a chiropractor will be pain management and education about therapeutic methods that are designed to promote healing and restore function while relieving symptoms. Most chiropractors will perform basic diagnostic imaging tests like x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify problems and formulate treatment plans.
After the initial evaluation, the chiropractor will make a referral to a podiatrist, an orthopedic or sports medicine specialist or a general practitioner for further evaluation and treatment. In the case of an emergency, a chiropractor can give first aid until medical treatment can be received. A chiropractor learns about physiology, anatomy, diagnostic imaging and treatment and will often begin a therapy program based on the needs of each patient. The treatment plan will be individualized to meet the needs of the patient and the progress of the chiropractor and the patient’s progress. There are some conditions that cannot be treated by this type of health care team and referral to another specialist may be appropriate.