DR. LAVICTOIRE     chiropractic physician
     818 west fifth street - washington
                9 4 6 - 0 1 4 8

Unilateral Symptoms:

Is your pain on one side of your low back?  More trouble turning your head one way or the other?  These one sided issues are clinical findings that help a chiropractor diagnose and treat.  However, what may be of equal importance  is your ability to make an informed decision.  One sided issues can be your rule of thumb for choosing chiropractic or self help.  My findings of one sided symptom or predominately one sided symptom makes a diagnosis less troublesome.  If it is difficult for you to know rather or not the injury is truely unilateral or predominately unilateral then an assessment at our office may be necessary. An example of the procedures I use include asking a patient with low back pain to sit then extend one knee. When low back pain is more dominant while extending the right knee vs the left then one has this one sided instability, right sided low back instability.   

So what does this mean to you? Our body can be divided into two halves. The spine is this dividing line. Each side of the spine has equal parts. All segments below the base of our skull has a disc and four connection with their adjacent  segments, upper and lower and left and right.  Virtually every spinal misalignment condition that a chiropractor should be able to contribute will have one or two of these four joints pushed out and locked out of its normal alignment. It is possible to have an injury that has exactly equal force on all four connections but how unlikely is that?  Typically, force comes from the side or a twisting movement. Pretty easy to see how the left or right side it going to be your injured side.  To correct this condition the spinal adjustment does just that, we adjust a segment from its misaligned position to one of a more properly aligned position.