During your initial examination at Planet Chiropractic, Dr. Butt will conduct a routine structural exam, focusing on the areas you are experiencing trouble. Dr. Butt will examine your entire spine for structural shifts. For example, if you are experiencing lower back pain, he will likely examine if your neck is compensating as a resulting from an injury in the lower back.
This initial exam will typically include a variety of assessments, such as evaluating your range of motion, reflex testing, muscle strength comparisons, as well as neurological and orthopedic tests focused on your specific complaint.
As a part of your initial exam, we will take digital, high frequency, x-rays of your spine and problem areas. The purpose of the Douglasville x-rays is to gain specific insight into your bone structure and soft tissues. It also helps us understand the extent of any general wear and tear, anomalies in your spine, and other key factors that will assist in the development of your specific treatment plan.
We also think it's important to analyze the internal condition of your spine prior to putting manual pressure on the spine. There are certain spinal problems such as severe degenerative arthritis or the slippage of a vertebra that may not be detected without an x-ray. These factors along with others may alter Dr. Butt’s assessment as to which type of techniques he may use.