If you decide to become a patient of a CBP doctor, there are four important steps we ask you to go through:
- History of Injury and Examination,
- Postural Analysis (some doctors utilize computerized methods such as the PosturePrint system)
- Spinal X-rays (analyzed either by hand or with use of computer aided systems such as PostureRay),
- Report of Findings - Where the doctor will explain your problems and if he/she can help through application of chiropractic services and the unique recommended plan for your case.
History of Injury and Examination
Our History of Injury is designed to determine whether your condition is within the realm of our care. Based upon the results, one of the doctors will make appropriate recommendations regarding an examination or referral to another doctor if your presenting problem is not a chiropractic condition. Most often, your condition will be treatable by our care.
A thorough spinal and musculo-skeletal examination will be performed in order to identify which structures of your body are injured and most likely causing your problem.
Computerized Postural Analysis
It has been known for years that body posture is like a “Window into the Shape of the Spinal Column”. Figure 1 shows that Abnormal Posture is always associated with an abnormal spine. Body Postural problems aid the doctor of chiropractic in identifying a variety of dysfunctions in the spinal column. Abnormal Postures can cause or relate to a number of health problems. Abnormal Posture causes increased force and pressure on the muscles, ligaments, and bones of your spinal column. These abnormal forces (caused by abnormal posture) lead to a break down of body tissues causing pain and damage.
Figure 2: Postural Decay as we age.
Posture Digitization: Postural photographs of you the patient can be obtained, in which a sophisticated computer program known as PosturePrint will objectively measure your postural distortions. These photographs enable the doctor to detect and measure abnormal positions of the human skull, shoulders, ribcage, pelvis, knees, and feet. In other words, he or she can show you how far out of alignment your posture is. This helps explain why you may be hurting as well as aid the doctor in prescribing corrective postural-based exercises unique to CBP rehabilitative methods.
(Click Here to download sample PosturePrint Report of Findings - This PosturePrint Examination is part of your initial patient workup)
Many patients often ask if a chiropractor should take x-rays of their spines. The answer is simple. Properly taken spinal x-rays are like a blue print of your spine. With x-rays, the chiropractor can see how an individual spine deviates from normal alignment and we can clearly decide on appropriate treatment. Without an x-ray they would only be guessing. Would you want a mechanic to work on your car engine without looking under the hood?
For example, the figure below is a sample of common abnormal neck alignment subluxations (viewed from the side) with an estimate on average time needed to rehab such problems. It is clearly evident the further your neck is from the normal, then the longer you will need to perform rehabilitative measures. Please note that these are only generic estimates, as many factors dictate how fast a patient responds such as age, the length of time the problem has been there, amount spinal degeneration, etc.
Another important finding that properly taken x-rays will identify is spinal arthritis. Many people are not even aware that spinal disc disease and bone arthritis are developing in their spines. For many people this is a “time bomb” waiting to explode. Figure 6 below shows an abnormal neck (viewed from the side) with arthritis in the mid neck.
Figure 6: Side view showing arthritis in the Neck
Report of Findings
The report of findings is a very important part of communication in a CBP chiropractor's office. Before they decide if Chiropractic care is right for you, they will sit down with you (the patient) and explain the findings of the examination, posture analysis, and spinal x-rays. Many times patients tell the CBP chiropractor that other doctors never have shown them their spinal x-rays. This never happens at at a CBP practioner's office. We are confident that you will find that CBP trained chiropractors are very thorough in the search, identification and explanation of your spinal problem.
Once they have identified your particular spinal problem, the doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment plan specific to your condition.