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What Can A Chiropractor Diagnose

A chiropractor is a health specialist that deals with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders. The common modes of treatment used by a chiropractic physician are acupuncture, manipulations, massage and ultrasound a practitioner can work in various places mainly in wellness clinics and their own established private clinics.


Contrary to popular belief, Chiropractors can diagnose and treat patients not just to relieve pain. Chiropractic practice involves a wholesome approach to treatment with an aim to return the client to normal functioning.


Patients who visit a chiropractic practitioner clinic come with complaints of pain. Pain is a symptom of an underlying condition .Through various assessment tests he or she is able to determine the cause of the pain and obtain information from the patient about factors that may aggravate the pain. These factors can be directly or indirectly linked to the condition.

This specialist is trained on the anatomy and physiology of the body meaning they have good knowledge on the structures of the body and different organs of the body. In the case of low back pain the pain may result from either the spinal nerve roots or paravertebral muscle spasms or disc prolapse. Through specific tests of the lumbar spine the origin of the pain can be identified and to what extent the pain level is. The following is a list of diseases that a qualified specialist can diagnose;

  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Low back pain
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Radiculopathy

After diagnosis the patients is given the appropriate treatment which may involve manipulations of the spine and different joints of the body and given advice on changes in posture and on ergonomics. In addition to overcoming the pain through pain relief modalities, exercises and home exercise programs. The benefits obtained in a chiropractic session are a lot since one is taken through a step-wise treatment and follow ups are done. The client is also given specific dates for continuous treatment sessions.


To be a qualified specialist in this field one is required to have an undergraduate degree from a chiropractic school which takes between three to four years depending on the country of practice. The training involves both theoretical and clinical experience. They often work as independent specialists and one can always reach out to them without a doctors’ prescription. So if you know you suffer from neuromuscular conditions do not hesitate to visit a clinic nearby.