A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for lower back pain. A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving function.
Case Study 1
Lower back, Hip and Testicle Pain
Mr A, 64, had suffered increasing lower back pain, hip and left testicle pain for six months when he consulted a chiropractor. When asked about previous injuries and his general state of health. He confirmed that he had no history of injury or pain, and had noticed no change in his bowel, bladder or sexual function. To be certain, the chiropractor sent him for blood tests, which ruled out prostate problems such as cancer. He also took X-rays, as Mr A’s doctor had told him he may have an arthritic hip, and there was nothing to be done. The X-rays showed only mild degenerative changes in the left hip and a spinal disc in the lower back.
During the physical examination, the chiropractor found that Mr A had slight tightness in the rotation of his left hip and his left quadriceps muscle was weak when tested. In addition, a straight leg raise test showed reduced movement and caused pain in Mr A’s lower back. The diagnosis was chronic insidious mechanical sacroiliitis – ongoing inflammation of the pelvic joint.
The treatment plan consisted of chiropractic manipulation and ultrasound therapy. Mr A’s symptoms had gone after seven visits and he was discharged.
As you can see with the correct application chiropractic treatment can be extremely beneficial and relieving for the patient.