Integrated Chiropractic performs diagnostic testing, in-office X-rays and has on-site NCV testing.
Based on the premise that human beings are architectural structures influenced by gravity and many other daily stresses, combined with the fact that all of us are continually aging and many of us have suffered with multiple neuromusculoskeletal injuries and disorders, it makes sense to use the status of a patient’s structure before recommendations can be made. Secondly, every other valued asset a person owns is critically managed, such as their car, their house, their finances, etc. The thought that the human structure is only considered during a time of crisis is illogical. Using symptomatic elimination as our treatment goal ignores the very laws of nature with regard to preservation and health. If members of society knew they could preserve and slow down the degenerative changes of their structures, as well as maintain a higher level of function over the course of their lifetime, most would anxiously ask “Where do I need to go and what will it cost?”
A person’s structural status is based on age, prior injuries, genetics, conditioning, job, shoes worn, mattress used, diet, height, weight and many more contributing factors. Regardless of the symptomatic picture that exists, a standard diagnostic testing X-ray series is performed on each patient. The three reasons for X-raying each patient is to 1) rule out pathology, 2) determine biomechanical defects, and 3) to show the patient for improved communication and understanding. If additional X-rays are required, it is up to the practitioner to make that decision.
A diagnostic testing nerve conduction velocity test, or NCV, measures the rate of nerve conduction. During an NCV test, electrodes are placed on the skin and impulses are sent between them. Often performed in conjunction with electromyography, or EMG, an NCV test can detect nerve damage or dysfunction based on the information it gathers from the nerve impulses. It does this by measuring the time it takes for the impulse to leave one electrode and reach the other.
If your doctor suspects your chronic pain condition is caused by nerve or muscle damage or abnormalities, he may order an NCV test to rule out certain conditions. An NCV test can help diagnose neurological chronic pain disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome or diabetic neuropathy.
Ultrasound Vascular Imaging
Diagnostic testing Vascular Imaging involves the use of ultrasound and sending sound waves through the body. The sound waves bounce off the internal organs. They are then interpreted by special instruments that subsequently create an image of anatomic parts. No radiation is involved in vascular ultrasound imaging.
Ultrasound is a valuable tool when evaluating the body’s circulatory system. The images are captured in real-time to help radiologists monitor the blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body. With vascular ultrasound images, radiologists can identify stenosis or a blockage in blood vessels as well as blood clots, plaque, or emboli, and help plan for their effective treatment.