The Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Division of Chiropractic Medicine includes a unique approach to the functional application of neurology and orthopedics. Our chiropractors are medical professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, specializing in noninvasive (nonsurgical) pain management and restoration of skeletal function by utilizing manual medicine and chiropractic techniques.
Additionally, they give special attention to the physiological and biochemical aspects of the body, including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, and nutritional relationships. Chiropractors elect not to prescribe medications and do not perform surgery. They do work very closely with the other Florida Orthopaedic Institute physicians and refer patients to their colleagues at Florida Orthopaedic Institute for other services when needed.
Conditions Chiropractors Treat
Chiropractors address any number of conditions related to your musculoskeletal system, including:
- Joint pain.
- Back and neck pain.
- Muscle aching and tension.
Chiropractic treatments can also reduce or eliminate other issues, such as frequent headaches, body pain, and stiffness.
When Should You Consider Chiropractic Treatment?
Essentially, anyone needing adjustments or healing to their back, or any other part of their musculoskeletal system can receive chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment is an alternative medicine where practitioners also treat the patient as a whole – not one specific ailment or group of symptoms.
Persons of all ages have received and benefited from chiropractic treatment. It is most commonly used by those between the ages of 45 and 64. It is also commonly used by individuals seeking natural healing methods who wish to refrain from investing in or using many medications.
How Does a Chiropractic Visit Work?
Your first chiropractic visit is divided into several stages:
1. Initial Consultation – During the first phase, your doctor will ask you about your medical history, offering questions like:
- Do you regularly use any over-the-counter or prescription drugs?
- Have you been diagnosed with any medical conditions or physical injuries?
- Do you use illicit drugs or alcohol?
- What does your diet consist of?
- How much exercise do you routinely get?
- How much stress do you deal with?
- Do you get enough restful sleep?
Above all, your chiropractor will want to discuss what you hope to get you’re your chiropractic treatment, because care is tailored to meet each patient’s health and physical needs and desires.
2. Physical Evaluation – After gathering your medical history, your chiropractor will perform a physical examination. During this stage, they will likely ask you to perform specific movements to gauge how you walk, determine your flexibility, test your reflexes, and measure your muscles and soft tissues’ strength. They may record vital statistics such as blood pressure and use internal imaging scans such as X-rays.
3. Treatment – After the evaluation, your physician will begin treatment. Typically, you lie on a long table, and your chiropractor manipulates the part of your body requiring adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic treatment where your chiropractor uses pressure to manipulate joints in your body to realign your spine and reduce pain and discomfort. Though you might hear popping or unusual sounds during this process, you should experience little, if any, pain. Soreness may develop several hours following treatment. The discomfort is usually mild and lessens in a day or two.
In addition to adjustment, your chiropractor may offer other treatment forms like massage or heat or cold application. You might receive suggestions regarding dietary practices and exercises you can perform independently.
4. Post-Treatment – Once your adjustment is completed, you will likely schedule a follow-up appointment at FOI. Treatment often lasts for several weeks and may include several visits per week. Talk with us to see if chiropractic treatment is right for you.
Orthopaedic Total Wellness Program
Orthopedic conditions can encompass many factors such as overall health, nutrition, conditioning, psychosocial wellbeing and neurological integrity. They can also be particularly complex. That’s why we created the Orthopaedic Total Wellness program. It specializes in treatment from a whole person perspective – defining and correcting the cause of the condition while caring for the patient. It integrates the science and art of chiropractic services within a medical model of care to create an innovative program rarely found in traditional orthopedic care.Learn more about Orthopaedic Total Wellness
The following Florida Orthopaedic Institute physicians specialize in chiropractic medicine:
Chiropractic and Total Wellness
What Orthopedic Total Wellness means, how it’s different from general chiropractic care and a success story from an FOI patient.