Glossary

Make the most of your appointments by knowing the chiropractic lingo. By familiarizing yourself with basic chiropractic terminology before your appointment you can be sure to understand your prognosis and ask your chiropractor the proper questions after your examination. Keep up with your chiropractor by reviewing the list of terms below:

Acute (traumatic) Injuries
Injuries that occur due to a traumatic and unexpected event such as a fall, a care wreck, or a sports injury. The acute injury pain usually does not last longer than two or three months.

Adjustments
A chiropractic technique involving the application of pressure to specific bones. Adjustments employ a gentle, yet firm thrust which is meant to help relieve pressure from spinal nerves and restore the bone to its natural position.

Arthritis

A gradual breakdown, or deterioration, of the joint spaces in your musculoskeletal system.

Atlas

A large vertebra in the upper cervical spine.

Bulging Disc

A common condition related to the spine, usually the lumbar, which occurs when a disc distends through a crevice in the spine.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A progressive and sometimes painful joint disorder caused by a compression of the median nerve of your hand. The compression causes swelling, which exerts pressure on the nerves.

Cervical Vertebrae
The seven vertebrae immediately behind the skull, or the neck area of the spine.

Chiropractic

A noninvasive health care practice with the mission to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system in order to relieve the obstructed nerves and improve overall health.

Chiropractor

Also known as a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), diagnoses and treats a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous and skeletal problems.