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As a Chiropractor, I can promote mobility and function through exercise therapy, manual therapy, and electrotherapy. The aforementioned activities do assist in restoring function, but the ultimate source of restoring function is the chiropractic adjustment which puts your spine in alignment. No matter what I use as a therapy to help alleviate you of pain, to ensure your personal level of success I have to make sure that your spine is not compromised. Think about the alignment of your car. We all know that if you are in need of alignment, the symptoms you will experience are wear and tear of tires and your car veering to one side more than the other. When we notice these “symptoms” we can do one of two things: 1. Replace the tires or 2. Correct the misalignment. I believe that by going with option 2, it will save hundred of dollars because I am getting to the root of the problem.
Well, that’s what we do as Chiropractors. We can perform different modalities, but we get to the root of the problem and that’s the alignment of your spine. We look at the body as a whole and assist in the management of nutrition, physical therapy, and pain management. Now, I am in no way stating that Chiropractic cures all because it is my personal philosophy that every aspect of the medical spectrum has its purpose. Many Chiropractors practices are comprehensive and includes M.D.’s, Physical therapists, Orthopedic Surgeons, and Neurologists. What I am stating is that Chiropractic is the best non-invasive and healthy approach to injury prevention, restoring function and alleviating pain. We know that the body can heal itself and all we have to do is remove the interference that is preventing the healing process. Every case is different because we have to take account of past medical and social history, but overall the Practice of Chiropractic can assist you with many ailments. Find yourself the Chiropractor that’s right for you! I wish you well on your journey.
Now I must say, you need to seek out medical attention from your PCP to ensure there are no other underlying issues that may be causing the pain in your legs. Overall nutrition, proprioceptive training, mobility training and most importantly, the restoration of function to your nervous system can be provided by a Chiropractor. So find the Chiropractor that’s right for you and consult with them regarding the benefits they can provide as well as your concerns. Hope this helps...God Bless!
Now to answer your question, it is my medical opinion that your mom first follow up with her PCP to clear her of the possibility of any underlying conditions and once she has been cleared by the PCP, I advise that she does see a Chiropractor. The Chiropractor will evaluate her medical history and put together a plan that will help restore function. Most Chiropractors work with M.D.’s, Orthoepedic surgeons, and Neurologists. They choose to collaborate because of how beneficial it is to ensure that your patient no matter their past social and medical history can be seen properly.
How Chiropractors restore function is with Chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy, proprioception and mobility therapy. Which is what I would do. Restoring function and mobility is exactly what is needed for the body to heal no matter what age. Now due to her age and past medical history, it may take longer for her body to respond.
The links from PUBmed are listed below. Hope this helps! God Bless!