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Low Back Pain? Getting the right diagnosis is important

Posted: November 24, 2014
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Health Update: Low Back Pain

 

Many of us suffer from low back pain and do nothing about it. We wait and hope the pain goes away and thus avoid seeing a doctor altogether. It’s no wonder that patients take this approach because we succumb to the advertisements that promise us instant relief from low back pain. Those advertisements convey the message that we need not find out what’s causing the pain as far as we keep on repressing the pain aches with pills. Thus, going to a doctor and getting the diagnosis right is of no importance when you can get instant relief from drugs.

With any health condition, getting the diagnosis right is pivotal in preventing further damage. Pain is our body’s way of telling us there is something wrong. It is merely a symptom.

Another approach that patients often take for low back pain is taking rest for a couple of days and hoping the pain will go away magically; this approach may help in short term. If the pain returns it’s your body’s way of seeking attention to the bigger underlying problem. The condition can worsen because you are not getting the care you need. To prevent the developments of problems overtime, getting the right diagnosis will allow the doctor to set the right course of action.

In chiropractic we do not make a diagnosis by asking you for your symptoms and righting a prescription to help alleviate the pain. Our approach is different and we determine the cause of your pain through comprehensive tests. We perform first mechanical tests to see the movement of your spine followed by x-ray imaging to see the alignment of the individual bones within the vertebral column.

Please remember getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards improving the quality of life. A consultation with a chiropractor who is willing to give you the time and attention you deserve to make an accurate diagnosis is all you need.

Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness offers a free consultation at no charge. You can call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment.

 


Chiropractic care uses a comprehensive approach to diagnose headaches

Posted: November 5, 2014
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Chiropractic care uses a comprehensive approach to diagnose headaches

Doctors are aware that getting the diagnosis accurate is vital for determining the right treatment plan. Why so? It’s because with the right diagnosis, the treatment can be targeted towards that specific problem.

When patient’s approach a doctor with complaints regarding headaches, the doctor usually concludes that you have a pain in the head calling it headache. This labeling of symptoms as headaches deters patients from getting the right diagnosis. Often the doctors categorize the headaches as episodic, acute or chronic and the diagnosis is completed with this label. No further examination is done to understand the actual cause for those headaches.

Patients walk in with a headache and walk out the doctor’s office with a prescription for their head pain. This is the reality today. A prescription instead of a right diagnosis! Given the time constraints experienced by doctors, patient care has deteriorated. Patients do not receive the attention and time truly deserved from a doctor to get the diagnosis right. When was the last time you received a phone call from your doctor? In today’s internet age where information can be found with the click of a button many patients have resorted to self diagnosis!

When making the initial diagnosis the chiropractor also labels your headaches into categories, but they will not stop there. Clinical research and experience carried out over the years have shown that headaches are caused as a result of previous neck and spinal injury. Unlike the doctor, a chiropractor examines your neck and will ask for a history of previous injuries. Here they learn additional information that is helpful in getting the diagnosis right. A whiplash or neck trauma experienced months or years ago when left untreated can be cause for those headaches.

In chiropractic care we take a comprehensive approach to get the diagnosis right. We take the time to know your detailed history. Information such as location, quality and duration of pain along with a physical examination of your spinal column gets us closer to the cause. We also order imaging tests such as x-rays to see the position of your individual vertebrae in the neck.

Normal neck has a forward arch that keeps your head above the shoulders. Loss of the normal curve results in the patients head being thrusted forward, resulting in classic "bad posture" stance.

Let Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness help you in getting your headache diagnosis right. Call 905-264-9355 to book your free consultation with us today.