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Chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the joint(s).

Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the mobility of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics, and other lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic care is generally categorized as alternative medicine or complementary medicine.

Chiropractic Exam

An initial chiropractic exam will typically have three parts: a consultation, case history, and physical examination. Laboratory analysis and X-ray examination may be performed if necessary.

  1. The patient meets with the chiropractor and provides a brief synopsis of his or her condition, such as:
    • Duration and frequency of symptoms
    • Description of the symptoms (e.g. burning, throbbing)
    • Areas of pain
    • What makes the pain feel better (e.g. sitting, stretching)
    • What makes the pain feel worse (e.g. standing, lifting).
  2. Case history. The chiropractor identifies the area(s) of complaint and the nature of the pain by asking questions and learning more about different areas of the patient’s history, including:
    • Family history
    • Dietary habits
    • History of other treatments (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, and other)
    • Occupational history
    • Psychosocial history
    • Other areas to probe, often based on responses to above questions.
  3. Physical examination. A chiropractor may utilize a variety of methods to determine the spinal segments that require chiropractic treatments, including but not limited to static and motion palpation techniques determining spinal segments that are hypo mobile (restricted in their movement) or fixated. Depending on the results of the above examination, a chiropractor may use additional diagnostic tests, such as:
    • X-ray to locate subluxations (the altered position of the vertebra)
    • A device that detects the temperature of the skin in the paraspinal region to identify spinal areas with a significant temperature variance that requires manipulation.

When is Chiropractic Care appropriate?

Chiropractic care can be indicated for prevention, alternatives to surgical intervention, and / or as part of a recovery regimen. Ortho Illinois provides access to experienced chiropractors that are equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you’re in need of chiropractic care, schedule a consultation today.

The ChiroHealthUSA program provides discounts on many of your chiropractic expenses. The program may be used by you and members of your immediate family. While this program is not a replacement for insurance, it may be used to supplement a major medical health insurance policy. Doctors are usually required to charge insurance companies and patients the same fees unless they are under a network contract for a lower fee. ChiroHealthUSA is a contracted network that allows doctors to set and accept discounts on their services for our members. When you join ChiroHealthUSA, you are entitled to similar “in-network” discounts just like the insurance companies.

  • A single $49 annual membership includes the immediate family.
  • Partially-insured patients who have coverage for some services and not others, like Medicare patients, may use their ChiroHealthUSA benefits to complement their existing benefits, specifically for the non-covered services.

To enroll in ChiroHealthUSA, click here to open a poster and point your smartphone at the QR Code.  Click on the link that appears on your screen and follow the enrollment steps.

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