Managing chronic pain of the back, neck or other joints is a process that involves many specialties in the medical field as well as at-home therapy and exercise. If you have been seeing a physician or physical therapist about your muscle or joint pain, he or she may suggest that you see a chiropractor for conjunctive therapy. Chiropractors can use specialized treatments and adjustments to promote better blood flow throughout the nervous system. By employing different therapies and techniques, your team can better equip you to have less pain in your body.
A physician may prescribe medication therapy to control painful conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or skeletal abnormalities. The doctor may be able to take scans and x-rays to see if there are any areas of severe damage that could need surgery or other therapies. When conditions are still manageable with less invasive therapies, a physician may often refer the patient to a physical therapist or chiropractor or both. Continuing care with a physician is an important part of monitoring the overall progress of the muscles and joints.
Your physical therapist can work in conjunction with your primary care doctor and a chiropractor to provide you with exercises and strength training activities to get your muscles healthy and less strained. Your physical therapist may work closely with a chiropractor in deciding what stretches or exercise maneuvers are best suited for your needs. It is important to follow the plans that your physician, physical therapist or chiropractor may implement so that you can have hopes of better, more predictable results.
A chiropractor can perform special spinal manipulations and adjustments that can provide pain relief for many areas of the body. While some patients report instant relief, these adjustments and alignments may take several sessions to achieve optimal results, and it is important that you maintain a consistent schedule when seeing your chiropractor. This consistency can allow your chiropractor to better monitor your progress as well as make adjustments in the techniques being used.
Using all resources available to you when seeking care for muscle and back care is a critical step on the road to living a pain-free life. Your physician, physical therapist, and chiropractor can all work together to form a personalized treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. If you have been considering chiropractic therapy in addition to your current regimen, call today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with an experienced professional.