Chiropractic Assessing back pain

When using chiropractic methods to assess back pain, there is a focus on following a method specific to this field called the triage concept of diagnosis. This method is referred to as the triage method as it categorizes back pain into three main manifestations namely; nonspecific, nerve problem and potentially serious cases.

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Nonspecific back pain is the back pain whose cause is a myriad of causes which cannot be specifically pinpointed. It is also referred to as mechanical back pain of the lumbar spine. This type of pain is the most common one since it can can from many different causes among them fatigue, the tearing of ligaments in the back, damage to back tissues and organs and so on. Provided it is not easily attributable to a disease, the back pain will be referred to as nonspecific.

The nerve problem occurs following the root of the nerve in the low back is compressed or pinched to cause a sciatica or radiculopathy which is very much uncomfortable. Among the conditions that can be blamed for the pinching of the nerve root are the spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and the lumbar herniated disc. In either case, this condition is caused by a misalignment of the vertebral column and its constituent parts.

For a diagnosis to be termed potentially serious or dangerous, it should be posing other risks on the individual such as paralysis or lose of bladder and bowel control. The conditions which can be categorized into this section include infection of the joints, pacemaker problems, problems with the artificial joint implants, hemophilia or prolonged bleeding, local wounds or burns that are open, cauda equina (major neurological disorders), fractures, general infections, and tumors. This group of diagnostics may require more than the purely mechanical approaches of the chiropractic field. For instance, identification of a tumor in the lower back will require corrective surgery which can only be provided by a highly trained cancer surgeon. To identify most of these conditions requires the use of physical examination methods using machines such as X-ray and ultrasound machines. CT-Scans are also handy tools in pinpointing the root of the problem.

As i was made to understand by a St. Louis chiropractors, the classification of the back pain using chiropractic care can be done into four main types of pain according to the frequency and period of the pain. This classification is employed in the diagnosis of the nerve root problem that causes sciatica. It can also be applied to most types of nonspecific back pain. The classifications are acute, subacute, chronic, and recurrent symptoms. Acute symptoms are those which manifest for a period of 6 weeks. Following the end of the first 6 weeks of acute pain, the next 6 weeks are termed subacute symptoms. If the symptoms trounce the first 12 week period, they will termed chronic symptoms.

Lastly, if the symptoms recur and disappear as per the situation, they will be termed recurrent or flare up symptoms. Another classification of the symptoms of the pain in the lower back especially that of the nerve root is that which considers it either mild, moderate or severe.