WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a hands-on, non-invasive healthcare profession that specializes in the management of conditions related to the human musculoskeletal system. In other words, chiropractors use primarily their hands to assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to human biomechanics, soft tissue, joints, and nerves. These disorders can range from sports injuries and back pain to chronic arthritis.
At Ace Sports Clinic Toronto, our chiropractors practice an evidence-based model of chiropractic. This means that our chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose and treat any and all parts of the human musculoskeletal system. Our chiropractors deal with not only necks and backs, but conditions related to shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and more. They use current research on human anatomy, rehabilitation, and manual therapy to guide their assessments and treatments in order to provide our clients with the highest quality of care. Our chiropractors will recommend an appropriate treatment time depending on the complexity of the case. The entirety of each appointment will be spent hands-on. The evidence-based model practiced by our chiropractors also means that spinal manipulation or spinal adjustments often associated with chiropractors aren't always used. Although spinal manipulation can be quite effective for certain conditions, it is only one tool of many and often isn’t necessary for successful treatment.
WHAT IS SPINAL MANIPULATION?
Spinal manipulation is a hands-on technique practiced by health care professionals such as chiropractors, osteopathic practitioners, naturopathic doctors, physical therapists, and some medical doctors. Spinal manipulation is performed by applying a controlled low-level force to the joints of your spine and is used to facilitate joint health by creating better movement within a joint. This in turn can decrease pain and improve performance. Current research states that joint manipulation is safe and effective for a range of conditions such as joint stiffness, neck pain, back pain, and headaches. The “cracking” often heard during a joint manipulation isn’t actually bones cracking or smashing together. On the contrary, joint manipulation causes a quick and subtle separation of a joint causing the release of gas. This release of gas is the “crack” or “pop” often heard during a joint manipulation.
WHAT CAN CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?
Chiropractors can treat a wide range of conditions and can support their clients from infancy all the way through to 99 years of age (or older!).
Examples of conditions that our chiropractors commonly treat are:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder pain and rotator cuff strain/tear
- Tennis & golf elbow
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Tendinitis & tendinopathy
- Hip impingement
- ACL and meniscus tears
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial Assessment and Treatment
During your initial visit, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough health history detailing the nature of your current injury and/or goals, as well as past injuries and status of your general health. The health history allows your chiropractor the opportunity to get to know you while providing key information that will help guide the management of your condition.
Following the health history, your chiropractor will take you through a physical examination. If you are suffering from joint pain, nerve pain, a muscle strain or ligament sprain, your chiropractor will determine your specific diagnosis using precise and evidence-based techniques. Once a diagnosis has been made, your chiropractor will be able to provide you with solutions for lasting results. The physical examination also allows for the identification of soft tissue and joints that may be at increased risk for injury and/or areas that may be hindering performance. Once these areas have been identified, your chiropractor will provide you with tailor-made strategies to prevent injury and improve performance.
After an assessment has been conducted, sometimes further investigation is required to gain more information. For instance, if you've sustained a traumatic shoulder injury, it may be useful to rule out a bone fracture or joint dislocation. If your condition requires deeper investigation, our chiropractors can provide you with an x-ray requisition, allowing you to directly visit an imaging facility without referral from your family physician. This eliminates wait times and greatly improves efficiency.
Once your assessment is complete and a diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan will be developed based on your chiropractor’s recommendations as well as your preferences and goals. Chiropractic treatment at Ace Sports Clinic Toronto is based on a combination of soft tissue therapy, joint manipulation/mobilization, acupuncture, and rehabilitation. Together, these powerful tools help to direct healing, relieve pain, prevent injury, and optimize movement.
During each follow-up visit, your chiropractor will perform a re-assessment in order to track progress and fine tune your treatment plan. Following the re-assessment, you will receive treatment from your chiropractor and review any rehabilitation exercises previously prescribed. Frequency of visits depends on the complexity and severity of the case and is a shared decision-making process between the client and chiropractor.