Musculoskeletal injuries and listening to the body with chiropractic care

Musculoskeletal injuries and listening to the body with chiropractic care

Understanding musculoskeletal injuries through the overall structural health of the body and chiropractic treatment

Most offices have dealt with the elderly overweight patient who has driven a truck for 35 years and went to a chiropractor 28 years ago for "a bone being out" and didn't need to return.

After many years of practice and a great deal of experience, I've come to the conclusion that the general public has no understanding of how the human body functions or heals.

When I want to explain how the body works, I immediately think of two patients.

The failure in this case was that no one accurately diagnosed the patient's injury from a biomechanical standpoint, and no one provided the necessary treatment to allow the injury to heal.

My second patient is a 27-year-old Kenyan professional runner who now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Despite running 85-95 miles per week, she had been suffering from heel pain for the past 18 months.

The body is nothing more than the sum total of all the stresses, injuries, bad habits, and hereditary flaws we've accumulated throughout our lives.

Furthermore, I tell my patients that their bodies do not lie.

They'll come in with a bad low back, and when I ask what caused it, they'll say, "Nothing!" I'll tell them that the body doesn't lie.

Nobody has ever suggested that we can get a reasonably accurate status report on a patient's musculoskeletal system even if they aren't injured.

We're all taught how to examine a patient who is injured, but not how to examine a patient who is asymptomatic.

A number of biomechanical flaws will contribute to this patient's vulnerability to injury and premature degeneration in the future.

All patients undergo a digital laser foot scan to determine the amount of space under each foot and to obtain an exact impression of both feet.

We finish up with two barefoot standing X-rays of the low back and two barefoot standing X-rays of the neck.

The human body is more than just a diagnosis when it's hurt; it's an architectural structure that will be influenced by gravity, aging, and stresses throughout a person's life.

All of this will improve patients' quality of life, which is exactly what they want.

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