Who are chiropractic patients?

Basically, anyone with a skeleton and a pulse. If this does not include you, please ignore the rest of this information.

Said another way:
If you have teeth, you should have a dentist.
If you have a car, you should have a mechanic.
If you have a body, you should have a chiropractor.

In all seriousness, chiropractic patients come from all walks of life. Many people initially contact a chiropractor because of specific symptomatic complaints, like back pain or headaches. Activities as subtle as sleeping, standing or walking abnormally, to more obvious traumas like emotional stress, work or auto injuries, recreational injuries and even the birth process itself, can result in spinal/skeletal imbalance. Everyone, from babies to the elderly, those with active or sedentary lifestyles, can benefit from chiropractic care.

In a world where people work increasingly longer hours at stressful jobs, chiropractors help people get back to work, sports, and other activities of daily living faster and without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is a very effective way to treat common everyday aches and pains by finding and treating the root cause of the problem, not just the resulting symptoms. Once patients’ health problems have been resolved, they experience happier and more active personal lives, and the patients also miss less time from work and are more productive while at work. Additionally, there can be a considerable long-term financial savings, for patients and the health care system, because the patients’ symptoms return less frequently, if at all, meaning less medications and surgeries are required in the future.

Specific Patient Groups:

General population – Anyone who suffers from headaches, migraines, neck or low back pain, shoulder pain, or pain between the shoulder blades who may have tried conventional therapy and found that it didn’t solve the problem.

Office workers/desk workers/students – Those who work in one position throughout most of the day are prone to postural problems or repetitive stress injuries.

Physically demanding work – Those with physically demanding jobs, such as construction workers and nurses, are prone to back or neck injuries, such as disc herniations, muscles strains, etc.

Chronic pain syndromes – People who suffer from chronic stress syndromes and chronic muscle pain.

Whiplash – Injuries incurred from falls, sports trauma, or motor vehicle accidents.

Pediatrics – Babies who may suffer from torticollis or cervical spine dysfunction as a result of a fast delivery or a cesarean section. These patients can become very restless, have sleep disturbances, and may be colicky. Children up to their teen years may suffer from headaches, experience growing pains, have chronic ear infections, or a number of other problems. As children grow, chiropractic can help their bodies adapt to their optimal posture, helping them get an early start on improving and maintaining their spinal health and allowing them to live generally healthier lives in the coming years.

Pregnancy and pelvic complaints – Pregnant women who have instability in their joints, low back pain, or sciatic-type symptoms due to an altered center of gravity.

Geriatrics – Elderly people with stiff joints and muscles associated with osteoarthritis or other degenerative joint diseases.

Athletes – Professional and amateur who are looking to prevent injury, improve performance in their specific sport, or those who suffer from a wide variety of sport injuries.

Post-surgical pain – People with post-surgical pain or those who experience scar tissue problems.

Extremity complaints – Extremity problems, including shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, or ankles, can range from tennis/golf elbow and other tendinitis complaints, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI, ankle sprains, etc.

Prevention – Patients who don’t have any pain problems but simply want to stay healthy and prevent future problems from occurring, similar to getting regular check-ups at the dentist’s office.

Specific Conditions/Complaints:

Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions, including nerve and nervous system irritations, soft tissue injuries, intersegmental joint fixation problems, age-related degenerative conditions, sprain/strain injuries of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, repetitive stress complaints, postural problems, and auto accident injuries, among many others.

Cervical complaints:

Vertebral intersegmental joint dysfunctions
Disc herniations
Sprain/strain injuries
Stiffness/muscle tension
Whiplash Syndrome
Radiculopathy (pain/numbness/tingling) in the arms/hands
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Jaw problems/pain
Postural Syndrome

Thoracic/lumbar complaints:

Vertebral intersegmental joint dysfunctions
Disc herniations
Sprain/strain injuries
Stiffness/muscle tension
Radiculopathy (pain/numbness/tingling) in the legs/feet
Sacroiliac/pelvic girdle pain (also during pregnancy)

Other/extremity complaints:

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI)
Frozen Shoulder
Double Crush Syndrome
Chronic pain syndromes
Pregnancy complaints
Post-surgical pain
Arm/leg injuries (sprain/strain, Bursitis, tendonitis, soft tissue adhesions, etc.)
Sports injuries
Sports performance enhancement
General health wellness and maintenance