How Do Chiropractors Diagnose?

Chiropractor in Cheektowaga, Depew, Lancaster, West Seneca, or Elma, NYIf you're new to chiropractic care, you may wonder how your Depew chiropractor, or any chiropractor for that matter, approaches the diagnosis process. What conditions are chiropractors trained to diagnose?

The answer is based on the training a chiropractor gets in chiropractic school. The educational curriculum at chiropractic school is heavily based in science, and includes courses such as anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurology, X-ray physics, X-ray reading classes to identify hundreds of types of bone disorders, and a lot more classes in joints, kinesiology, and physical therapy. In fact, chiropractic students use the same medical textbooks as medical students.

In order for any doctor or chiropractor to diagnose any health condition, he or she must learn the scientific foundations, and understand them well. He or she has to learn all about hundreds of different diseases and disorders, and the characteristics of each of them, learning the pattern that each one presents.

But that’s nowhere near the tip of the iceberg of the mind-expanding curriculum a chiropractor has to master. He or she must also understand rate different illnesses in terms of their seriousness. Illnesses are classified as ones that are potentially serious and life threatening, others not as serious, and still others that are a nuisance. It’s a chiropractor's job to recognize the potentially serious and life-threatening disorders quickly – and do what he can for them or refer them out immediately.

For example, a heart attack, fracture, serious bleeding, a major problem with the nervous system such as cauda equina, joint infection, tumor or serious burn must be dealt with immediately. This would be true for any chiropractor. And the fact is that medical doctors diagnose disease in a similar way.

If a disease falls in the category of not as serious or a ‘nuisance’, then he can decide on a protocol for treating it.

There’s one thing you can depend on – your Depew chiropractor’s training has exceptionally prepared him for the accurate diagnosis and successful treatment of your body’s ailments. Prior to getting their license as doctors of chiropractic, each chiropractor must complete 4, 200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. On top of this initial training, Dr. Palmer has nearly 15 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal symptoms.