Whitby Chiropractor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

Do Chiropractors only treat back pain?

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

Find out how we can help you at Chiropractic Health Clinic.

What is an “adjustment”?

An adjustment (also known as manipulation) is a precise procedure, usually applied by hand, to the joints of the body. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about. Adjustments work to improve mobility, restore range of motion, and increase movement of the adjoining muscles to relieve pressure and tension. Patients typically notice a reduction of pain, soreness and stiffness, and improved mobility following an adjustment.

Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Your first visit will begin with a thorough history, so that your chiropractor can understand your current condition, and also get a picture of your overall health. After the history, your chiropractor will perform an orthopaedic physical examination to come to a diagnosis. From here, your chiropractor will discuss a plan of management for your condition and then proceed to treatment and answer any questions you may have.

It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor and bring a copy of any X-rays or radiology reports you have.

Find out more information about Your First Visit here.

How often do I need to see a chiropractor?

Your chiropractor will discuss a schedule of care, which will depend on your specific circumstances. For some people chiropractic treatment is like a regular tune-up, to help deal with the regular wear and tear of life. For others, it’s simply an effective treatment when pain or discomfort strikes.

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body, about as big around as your finger. They start in your lower spine, pass behind the hip joint, and go down the buttock and back of the leg to the foot. Pain from this nerve may be felt from the low back to the big toe.

What Causes Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve may become “pinched” if its passageways are narrowed by arthritis or swelling in the area, causing irritation and tenderness. A bulging spinal disc may also apply pressure to the sciatic nerve.

Is Sciatica different from back pain?

Yes, although low back pain is often experienced with sciatica, sciatica affects typically only one side of your body. Pain will often be experienced radiating down from the buttock to the leg. Your leg or foot may be numb or weak and have odd sensation. The pain of sciatica is typically referred to as a tingling, burning, pins and needles feeling, to excruciating pain down the leg which makes standing up straight very painful. Often coughing, sneezing, and sitting make the pain worse.

What can be done for Sciatica?

Contact Chiropractic Health Clinic. A complete and thorough clinical, orthopedic and neurologic evaluation will be performed to diagnose if you suffer from sciatica.

Tendonitis, Bursitis and/or Capsulitis

Shoulder Bursitis / Tendinitis is one of the most commonly occurring injuries in sports where the arm is used in an overhead motion (i.e.: swimming, baseball). The pain is usually felt on the tip of the shoulder or part way down the shoulder muscle. The pain usually is felt when the arm is lifted overhead or twisted in a certain direction. In extreme cases, pain will be present all the time and it may even wake you up from a deep sleep.

Predisposing Factors:

  • Overuse (too much, too soon syndrome)
  • Weak muscles or muscle imbalance.
  • Improper/inappropriate lifting techniques.
  • Strenuous training.
  • Loose shoulder joint.
  • Poor posture.
  • Previous injury to the shoulder.

If you are suffering from shoulder problems, please feel free to contact any of the chiropractors at Chiropractic Health Clinic!

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis (OA) is commonly considered a “wear-and-tear” process and is associated with degenerative changes in the involved joint. OA tends to be most commonly seen in joints that are subjected to repeated trauma from excessive strenuous activities, and as a result of aging. Joints that are not functioning in a mechanically correct manner will wear out the cartilage, the ligaments, and the surrounding tissues. In an effort to decrease wear-and-tear on the joint, the body attempts to stabilize by forming bone spurs around the joint the decrease excessive motion.

Some of the signs of osteoarthritis are:

  • Pain, usually around the joints, which tends to be dull and aching.
  • Stiffness. With most people with OA experiencing frozen or stiff joints most intensely in the morning or following exercise.
  • Crepitus, a term that describes joints that produce a “creaking” type of noise with movement.
  • Muscle shrinkage caused when muscles are not used enough. Some people stop being active after experiencing joint pain, and develop OA.

Source: Ontario Chiropractic Association

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