Spinal manipulation—sometimes called “spinal manipulative therapy”—is practiced by health care professionals such as chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors. Practitioners perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning.
In addition to spinal manipulation, Dr. Papuga may employ adjunctive therapy, heat or physical therapy modalities (such as therapeutic ultrasound, etc.), as part of an overall treatment plan. Patients should discuss their symptoms and preferences with Dr. Papuga, whose role it is to perform a thorough examination to determine the best course of treatment.