Chiropractors/ultralign/pro adjuster

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i went to the chiropractor about my neck pain. after x-rays i was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.  he wants to treat it with this pro adjuster. have you heard anything about using this technology--good or bad. if so, how long would my therapy need to be--a month or two.  thank you

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Dear Brenda,

The length of care, first of all, depends a lot upon your outcome goals.  First of all, please be aware that there is nothing that will eliminate or reverse your osteoarthritis. At best, you can hope to slow its progression.  Some say that OA is the result of mechanical dysfunction over time, so the theory is that if you improve the function of the spine, the progression of the OA could be slowed. Notice that I said "theory". Like many things in health care, this concept is not proven, only theorized.  In my mind, you should have three goals:

1) get out of pain. This could take from just a few days to a few weeks.
2) stretch, strengthen, rehabilitate. This will require specific exercises for your neck and upper back region. These can be taught in a few sessions, and then should be practiced at home. This phase of care could last 2-4 weeks.
3) maintain and manage your progress. This, in my mind, is best done by continuing your exercises at home, and receiving once per month adjustments with your chiropractor.

As for the "Pro Adjuster"...   I have no personal experience with this technology, but from what I understand, it is simply a means of measuring temperature differential between the right and left sides of the spine, and then charting it for the patient and doctor to see. The adjustment is typically performed with an activator type of instrument.

There are many adjusting methods, each with its benefits and draw backs.  I don't believe that an adjustment with a pro adjuster is any better nor worse than any other technique. If it works for you, great. If not, your doctor should be flexible enough to change methods.

I hope that this gives you some thoughts and ideas.  Ask you doctor what his goals are and how he/she hopes to obtain them. They should be specific, with specific plans.

Good luck,

Keith Biggs, DC  

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I can answer questions regarding chiropractic care and diagnosis, exercise rehabilitation, spine therapy, disc injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, car accident injuries, physical therapeutics, acupuncture, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, decompression traction, acupressure, acugraphing, orthotics, arch supports, carpal tunnel, sciatica, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, weight loss, etc.

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I have been in private practice for more than 20 years in Mesa, AZ. In my practice I have seen thousands of patients with many different conditions. Every patient is unique and requires individualized attention and care. I pride myself in attentive and appropriate care for every individual that comes to my office

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Arizona Chiropractic Society

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Biggschiropractic.blogspot.com therapeuticfoods.blogspot.com

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Doctor of Chiropractic, Cum Laude,Logan College of Chiropractic, 1987. Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Logan College of Chiropractic. Licensed to practice Chiropractic in Arizona. Certification in Acupuncture. Certification in Physiotherapy and Traction.

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I have treated thousands of people in my private practice during the past 21 years, and in the process, I have learned so much. Practice guidelines and patient privacy laws prohibit the naming of past patients.

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