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Chiropractic Medicine

What is Chiropractic Medicine?
The word “chiropractic” combines the Greek words chier (hand) and praxis (action) and means “done by hand.” Chiropractic is an integrative type of medical care that takes a different approach from conventional medicine in the diagnoses, classification and treatment of medical problems.

The basic concepts of chiropractic medicine are as follows:

  • The body has a powerful ability to heal itself
  • The body’s structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function are closely related

The goal of chiropractic care is to normalize the relationship between structure and function, and assist the body as it heals.

Why Consider Chiropractic Medicine?
When you have neck or back pain, normal activities such as walking, bending, reaching, and sleeping can become agonizing. Some people with neck or back problems may experience persistent weakness, numbness or tingling in their arms or legs.

If a spine-related disorder is affecting the quality of your life, it’s important to find the right medical professional to diagnose and treat your problem.

Chiropractic medicine has been used to successfully treat the following conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Back and neck pain
  • Cervical and lumbar disk problems
  • Arm and shoulder pain
  • Joint pain and postural problems
  • Sprains and strains
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Arthritis
  • Earaches and sinus pain
  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot problems)

Chiropractic Medicine at Columbia St. Mary's
Columbia St. Mary’s offers chiropractic services within our medical clinics. We strive to find the root of your problem and will work with other health care professionals to fix the underlying condition.

Similar to an initial visit with your medical doctor, your chiropractor will ask about your health and area(s) of concern. You will also be asked about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.

A thorough orthopaedic, neurologic and spinal examination will be performed to detect any structural or mechanical abnormalities. Advanced studies such as X-ray, MRI or CT may be ordered to better understand your condition. Once your problem has been identified, your chiropractor will explain the findings and suggested course of treatment.

Your chiropractor’s primary tool of treatment is through spinal adjustments or manipulations. The adjustments are given by hand and consist of applying pressure to areas of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their range of motion. An adjustment restores the proper mechanics of the spine, enhancing joint function, correcting specific joint problems, and preventing injury due to improper spinal posture.

Your chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is best for your condition. Just as with any other medical treatment, it’s important to not stop treatment too early. Once on the road to recovery, often all that is needed to prevent a reinjury or relapse are regular maintenance exams. These can be monthly or even annually as time goes by.

To Schedule an Appointment
For more information about our chiropractic services or to schedule an appointment, please call one of our locations listed below.

Chiropractic Care Locations

Bay View Family Health Center
3056 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Bay View, WI 53207
(414) 769-4900

Columbia West
10950 W. Capitol Dr.
Wauwatosa, WI 53222
(414) 464-4460

Gateway Medical Clinic
801 S. 70th St.
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 773-6600

Genesis Chiropractic Clinic
830 E. Green Bay Ave., Suite 103
Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 268-0606


 
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