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Posted on 11-13-2015

Your Knoxville Doctor of Chiropractic

With 77,000 chiropractors working in practices across the country, most individuals are familiar with chiropractors, but how many know what the DC following their name means? Dr. Nathan E. Leavitt, DC, your Knoxville chiropractor, is here to help answer your questions about chiropractic.

What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?

DC stands for doctor of chiropractic and is the formal name for a medical professional specializing in chiropractic care. So yes, a doctor of chiropractic and a chiropractor are the same. Chiropractors, such as our Knoxville chiropractor, diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Their techniques are designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with these disorders as well as their deleterious effects on the health of the entire body. Chiropractic care is a drug-free, hands-on approach and begins with a physical examination that allows the chiropractor to diagnose the disorder and treat it with a therapeutic procedure known as spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment.

Why Do People Visit our Knoxville Chiropractor? What Does He Do?

chiropractic_image_of_spineCommon complaints of those seeking help from our Knoxville chiropractor Dr. Nathan E. Leavitt, DC include back and/or neck pain, headaches, stiff joints, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, or shooting pain in the legs or arms. In most cases, these discomforts stem from a tissue injury sustained in seemingly innocent acts such as lifting a heavy object, reclining in a comfortable chair or lying in bed. In other cases, patients have suffered a fall or been in an automobile accident. As a result, tissues have been injured which leads the patient to experience inflammation, pain or diminished functionality of a particular limb or joint.

In most cases, an initial examination, laboratory tests, and diagnostic images will indicate if and how chiropractic care will be effective. Our chiropractor will then apply manual force to any joint which he has determined has been affected, with the purpose of restoring its mobility, thereby alleviating pain and tight or sore muscles which allows tissues to heal. In the rare cases that the clinical assessment signals  a different type of medical care is more appropriate, the Knoxville chiropractor will refer the patient to a medical specialist in that field.

Have you noticed joint pain or muscle stiffness recently? Call Dr. Nathan E. Leavitt DC, your chiropractor in Knoxville to learn how he can help you today!

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