Chiropractic Care and Range of Motion Testing
Physical activity is good for the body and heart, and is essential to maintaining overall health. Unfortunately, sports and physical activities can put a strain on the body, resulting in injury. At Texas Injury Clinic, our doctors offer sports medicine services to alleviate the pain associated with sports injuries, restore a patient’s full range of motion, and prevent future injuries from occurring.
One aspect of sports medicine treatment is chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to the treatment of injuries.
Prior to starting chiropractic care, range of motion testing will be performed. Our Fort Worth, TX doctors use range of motion testing to customize your treatment plan.
What to Expect from Range of Motion Testing
When people are already experiencing pain, they are often reluctant to undergo any type of testing that could cause more discomfort. Patients can rest assured that range of motion testing is not a painful experience.
The goal of range of motion testing is to see how far the body can move and stretch without causing discomfort. By asking patients to perform a series of simple motions, our doctors can determine the extent of their injuries.
Range of motion testing is likely to combine a combination of passive range of motions, active range of motions, and active-assisted range of motions.
Passive range of motion testing involves no effort from the patient. During this phase of testing, one of our doctors or therapists will control the movement of a specific joint or joints to see how far they can move or stretch.
Active range of motion testing requires patients to move on their own and follow simple prompts, such as extending the arms above the head or bending at the waist.
Finally, there are active-assisted activities, in which a patient is asked to perform a certain motion, but they receive assistance from a doctor or machine while doing so.
During range of motion testing, our doctors will take specific measurements of how far the limbs, tendons, and muscles can extend.
These are compared to standard ranges of motion to help us understand how severely the body has been injured. Using this information, we can develop a treatment plan that will help the body heal and restore range of motion.
Customizing Chiropractic Care
Each chiropractic treatment plan is customized to meet the unique needs of the patient. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, a typical sports medicine treatment plan may include spinal decompression, physical therapy, rehabilitation exercises, or massage therapy.
Throughout treatment, we will continually monitor a patient’s range of motion to measure how treatment is progressing. If we are not getting satisfactory results, the treatment plan will be adjusted as necessary.
If you are suffering from an injury that has limited your range of motion or left you living in pain, the team of experienced doctors at Texas Injury Clinic can help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our sports medicine services, including chiropractic treatment. You can set up a personal consultation by calling (817) 624-7222.