A chiropractor is a healthcare practitioner who focuses their medical practice on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system using chiropractic techniques, such as chiropractic adjustment, spine manipulation, and manual therapy. Chiropractors focus on correcting joint dysfunction, muscular asymmetries, preventing future injuries, and alleviating pain for a wide variety of physical ailments, including spinal injuries and migraines.
At Orthopaedic Associates, our chiropractor, Dr. Kathryn Clower, is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including headaches, neck pain, and spinal-related pain. Our chiropractic specialist has extensive training in providing chiropractic treatment and is dedicated to delivering the specialized, compassionate chiropractic care you need to become stronger.
Expert Chiropractic Care for a Stronger You
During a chiropractic exam, our chiropractor will perform a number of assessments on the patient's joints, bones, muscles, and tendons. If our chiropractor notices any issues, such as tenderness, asymmetry, or another issue, she will take note of it. To get a better understanding of the problem as well as help determine the best kind of chiropractic treatment for the patient, our chiropractor will also ask the patient to describe their pain or injury during the chiropractic exam. Once our chiropractor fully understands the problem, she will create an individualized chiropractic plan that is specific to the patient's needs.
When our chiropractor develops a chiropractic plan for a patient, she may consider combining one or more chiropractic techniques, such as chiropractic adjustment, spinal adjustment, manual therapy, or an additional alternative medicine. Our chiropractor is highly skilled and is considered an expert in the following chiropractic techniques and treatments:
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Deep tissue massage
- Electrical stimulation
- Extremity adjustment
- Ice/heat therapies
- Myofascial release
- Pediatric adjustment
- Physical therapy
Although every patient is unique, oftentimes there is a chiropractic treatment that can help the body heal or provide pain relief. However, sometimes a patient's problem will not respond to chiropractic techniques or adjustments, or the problem will become so problematic that medicine or surgery is recommended as the best choice.
If medical treatment or surgery is determined to be the best option for you, our chiropractor will refer you to one of our specialty-trained doctors or surgeons who will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Our doctors and surgeons are equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as the knowledge and skills needed to treat your problem and get you on the road to becoming stronger.
Signs You May Benefit From Chiropractic Care
Common signs and symptoms you may be experiencing if you have an injury or condition that may benefit from chiropractic care:
- Headaches and migraines
- Hip, knee, or shoulder pain
- Low-back pain, or lumbar spine pain
- Neck pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Pain along the spinal column
- Pain in your lower spine in addition to leg pain
If you are experiencing any of the above for more than a few days or if any of them are getting worse, make an appointment to see a chiropractor. The chiropractic specialist may diagnose you with one of the following:
- An injury relating to the spinal column
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic back or neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Herniated disc
- Misalignment of the spine
- Muscle strain
- Spinal injury
Orthopaedic Associates: The Strength of Experience
At Orthopaedic Associates, we are regional experts committed to providing patient-centered care. When you are seen by one of our experienced orthopaedic providers or doctors—from our chiropractor and spine doctors to our physical therapists and physician assistants—you can rest assured that you are receiving treatment from an experienced orthopaedic provider who is highly skilled in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
As a team, our goal is to help you, educate you, care for you, and treat you with the same high level of care and respect we would want for a member of our own family. Throughout your entire orthopaedic experience, we will be by your side for every step—from your first appointment to your last.
If you are ready to start your journey to a stronger you with less or no pain, take the first step by calling us today at 850-863-2153 or by using the button below. We offer four convenient locations: Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, and Panama City.