Struggling with back pain? Dr. Andrew Winger of Redondo Family Chiropractic in Federal Way, WA, can help. Here at our office, Dr. Winger provides his patients with quality chiropractic care, including the diagnosis and treatment of pain. Read on to learn how he can help you.
What Happens During a Visit to a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor diagnoses and treats issues affecting nerves, muscles, bones, and joints by providing techniques like spinal manipulation. The first visit lasts about 30 to 60 minutes and your chiropractor will ask about past injuries and illnesses, current health problems, any medicines that you are taking, diet, sleep habits, exercise, mental stresses, and the usage of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. During this visit, make sure that you tell your chiropractor about any physical problems such as numbness, tingling, weakness, or other nerve problems.
Your chiropractor will then perform a physical exam to test your spinal mobility, he will check your blood pressure and take x-rays to test for back pain.
Here's a More Detailed List of How Your Federal Way Chiropractor Will Diagnose Back Pain:
X-rays provide detail of the bone structures in the spine and check for instability caused by tumors and fractures.
CT scans help identify specific conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.
MRI scans provide details about the backs' discs and nerve roots but are usually used for pre-surgical planning.
Types of Back Injury
There are many sources of back pain, some of which include:
- Spondylolisthesis: This is a defect or fracture in the vertebra, which results in a forward or backward vertebral slipping.
- Cervical Radiculopathy: This is damaged or disturbed nerve function, which causes nerve root compression.
- Sprains and Strains: This occurs when you overstretch a muscle in your back or tear a ligament, causing inflammation around the muscles.
- Herniated Discs: This describes when a spinal disc leaks and irritates nearby nerves.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Winger of Redondo Family Chiropractic in Federal Way, WA, dial (253) 941-6977 today.