Is Chiropractic Care the right choice for your particular problem? You have neck or back pain with or without associated symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, arm or leg pain and you're not sure what to do next. Maybe you've seen other doctors and therapist and still suffering. Maybe you haven't seen anyone yet and want to make the best decision who to see - Primary Care Physician? Neurologist? Orthopedist? Physical Therapy? or a Chiropractor. It can seem like a very perplexing decision for most, especially when you're suffering with pain. Well, you're not alone. Spinal problems are extremely complicated. So I will attempt to demystify and simplify it for you and help you make an intelligent, informed decision as to the type of care you choose. Spinal research on neck pain and back pain now tells us that the experience of pain is only one major component of these type of problems. With neck and back pain, comes a host of other problems, that if left untreated, will remain long after the pain is gone. Understanding these issues will help you choose the care you need. Almost all neck and back problems involve abnormally functioning spinal joints, discs and muscles. Regardless of which of these 3 become injured, each is affected and becomes part of the pain you are experiencing. Therefore, an effective treatment plan needs to include treatment that will help 1) Spinal Joints, 2) Discs and 3) Muscles. A treatment plan that only addresses pain relief is short sighted and will leave the true problem untreated. Some examples of such care are medication & spinal injections.The spine is composed of discs, joints and muscles. The purpose of the discs, joints and muscles is to allow spinal motion, also know as Spinal Function. When a problem occurs with spinal function, the spinal joints, as with any other joint (i.e. shoulder, hip, knee etc..), become inflamed, painful, stiff with muscle spasm. This dysfunction is most likely the cause of the pain you are currently experiencing. My approach to help my patients is to first listen closely to what my patient tells me and how there pain is affecting their life. After understanding the patient and their needs, I perform a complete spinal, neurological and orthopedic exam. I do this in order to make certain that the patient is right for my services or are their needs best suited with some other type of care. Once I have established the patient is a good candidate for chiropractic care, we begin the most effective care available.The initial goal of care is to reduce the patients pain as fast as possible. Once the patient is comfortable we move to restore spinal function by applying treatment to discs using spinal decompression aimed at removing unwanted pressure on disc / spine. Once this has been adequately achieved, we focus on restoring spinal facet joint motion. Once we have your spinal discs & joints functioning healthier and with less stress, we then initiate a dynamic stabilization training program to address the muscle component of your spinal problem. According to the very best spinal research available today, this is the most accepted approach / best model, for the treatment of both neck and back disorders.