The short answer is no.
While many will present to a Chiropractor with some form of axial (spinal or pelvic) pain and/or dysfunction, it is becoming increasingly common for patients to present with peripheral injuries too.
What are peripheral injuries? Anything outside of the skull, spine and pelvis is referred to as the peripheral skeleton, this includes the hips, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands.
How can a Chiropractor help with a peripheral injury?
Chiropractors spend years fine tuning their peripheral neurology and orthopaedic examination skills to be able to properly assess the structural integrity of the peripheral skeleton, highlight dysfunctions movement patterns and accurately diagnose a tissue in lesion.
Whether the diagnosis is a rotator cuff strain, tennis elbow, meniscal tear, ankle inversion sprain or plantar fasciitis, your Chiropractor will implement a strategic manual treatment approach that focuses on both short and long term goals/management.
What’s involved with a manual treatment approach?
- soft tissue therapy
- passive joint mobilisation
- musculoskeletal dry needling
- targeted spinal adjustments
- progressive injury rehabilitation