Taking the time to observe and fully evaluate our patients helps us save time when it comes to the whole process of treatment.
If you have neck or shoulder pain, when you come to our chiropractic office you can be sure that you will get a full initial evaluation of your condition. We do our full spinal exam, our battery of orthopedic tests, and our functional evaluation. We work to understand your problem, and after that we help you understand what is causing your pain, and what you can do to heal with the best function.
What would happen if you have an evaluation that skips over important functional points? If that happens, you might have some parts of the body that aren’t receiving full attention. You might get treated in a subtlety different body part that perhaps already has too much movement where a different body part is locked up and has lost movement. Someone working on you might be over treating one body part, but ignoring parts that indirectly influence the area.
If, however, you evaluate the painful area as well as parts if the body that might indirectly influence the painful area, we can treat you more efficiently. Making sure the body is in balance from front to back, side to side, and from proximal to distal is a key part of treatment in our office.
When you have shoulder problems, it’s important to make sure the thoracic spine has good mobility for the shoulder to have good stability. One part that is prone to instability is always influenced by another body part that is prone to being locked up, or not moving right.
Treating the whole body as a whole will help you function a lot better, allowing you to heal with good function, and without pain.
A good initial evaluation is a big part of this.
Todd Lloyd, DC
Chiropractic physician in Salt Lake City.