Manual detection for diagnosing and treating spine pain

One of the first procedures any chiropractor learns in school and one of the practices he or she continues to perfect throughout his or her career is the art of manual detection, also known as palpation. Just as the name suggests, manual detection is the practice of using the hands to examine the patient’s spine by touch.

While a chiropractor has other tools to determine how and where to manipulate a patient’s spine in order to relieve pressure, pain or tightness, manual detection is one of the most important diagnostic techniques at a chiropractor’s disposal. To learn about the two forms of manual detection as well as the treatment alternatives available for chronic neck or back pain relief, read the following article.

Types of manual detection

There are two types of manual detection a chiropractor relies on to diagnose spinal conditions and determine a method to relieve neck or back pain. The first type is static palpation, which involves manual detection in the tissue surrounding the spine, searching for tenderness, pain or tightness. The second type of manual detection is motion palpation. This involves examining the individual spinal joints (such as the facet joints), to locate a lack of proper range of motion.

Through the use of manual detection, your chiropractor may be able to diagnose and address the root cause of your lower back pain or neck pain. However, if chiropractic techniques or other conservative treatments have failed to reduce your pain, whether it’s caused by degenerative spine conditions like bone spurs, a herniated disc or facet disease, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

How Laser Spine Institute can help

At Laser Spine Institute, our procedures can help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their spine conditions since 2005. Through the use of a small incision that is muscle sparing, our procedures are able to offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.