A chiropractor diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent injury. When you visit a chiropractor for the first time, he or she will review your medical history and administer a physical exam to assess the current condition of your spine, joints, nerve function, muscles, and more. If you’re visiting the chiropractor for a specific pain or ailment, the chiropractor will often request diagnostic imaging to fully determine the source of your discomfort.
Then, a chiropractor carefully tailors a treatment plan to your unique needs. A treatment plan typically includes chiropractic adjustments paired with soothing therapies such as ultrasound, massage, cryotherapy, and more. A chiropractor will also provide diet and nutrition advice, beneficial stretches, and helpful exercises to help strengthen the body and prevent further injury.