Move away from pain, move forward optimal posture and wellness.

We help each member of the family to relieve their pain or other symptoms, correct their posture and obtain optimal spinal function, and then to maintain optimal health through, amongst others, regular adjustments and physical activity.

From pain relief to optimal health

To be without pain… is this being cured? Of course not. In our society, little emphasis is placed on prevention. Yet everyone agrees that “prevention is better than cure”. Prevention is not only economical; it is also the best way to not lose valuable time on being sick.

1. Intensive initial care
If you suffer from acute pain, emphasis will first be put on relieving the symptoms. Your chiropractor will nonetheless do a complete health check and will also examine your spine and your posture during your first visit.

Pain that suddenly appears following for example, a false movement, is often the result of several months, even several years of poor function. It is essential that your chiropractor examine you thoroughly to detect all possible causes of your acute symptoms.

In addition to spinal “adjustments”, muscle work and other therapies performed during your first visits, your chiropractor will provide advice in order to quickly regain control over your acute condition.

2. Corrective care
During your third visit, your chiropractor will recommend corrective care. We will explain whatthis implies: the time required, the frequency of visits, the exercises to do and any recommendations that your chiropractor may give you in order for to you obtain optimum health.

Corrective care requires time. Posture disorders, misalignment of the spine and other disorders that your chiropractor will recommend correcting have settled slowly over the years. This is true, even if thepain has appeared recently due to something insignificant.

3. Preventive and periodic care
Once you have completed your corrective care, your chiropractor will usually recommend periodic preventive care, also known as wellness treatment. They have several objectives and benefits:

– Maintaining optimal function of your spine.
– Preventing relapses of acute injuries such lower back injuries.
– Early detection, before symptoms appear, of posture and spine disorders.
– Monitoring problems or discomfort you feel on a daily basis.
– Maintaining your current file at our clinic, in order to facilitate access to care, in case of an emergency or pressing need.
– Getting answers to your questions concerning your health from an available qualified Healthcare Professional.

Advanced Imaging. Part 1.

February 2023 blog.

Image: International Journal of Spine Surgery

Chiropractors are now able to prescribe advanced medical imaging tests as well as conventional x-rays for their patients. They can request magnetic resonance imaging tests, scans, ultrasounds or a bone density test, according to the needs of the patient.

In order to provide these new professional services, chiropractors must demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge and have completed the necessary additional training. This significant advance was made possible through the collaboration of the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale, radio-oncologie et électrophysiologie médicale du Québec and the Ordre des podiatres du Québec. These new activities will give the people of Québec access to an accurate diagnosis and appropriate care in the shortest possible time, while contributing to the increased efficiency of the public health system. In this first part of our blog, we introduce you to each of the new imaging procedures that your chiropractor can prescribe in addition to conventional x-rays.

Tomodensitometry

Commonly referred to as a “scan” or “CT scan”, it is also known as a CAT scan and Computerized axial tomography. The CT scan is very sensitive when it comes to detecting diseases and abnormalities of soft tissue, bone and other anatomical structures. Images are acquired very quickly using this technique. One disadvantage is that the patient is exposed to moderate to high doses of radiation.

Bone Density Scan

Bone densitometry is used to measure bone density. It can be used to check for osteoporosis (a decrease in bone density that makes the bones more fragile). It is worth noting that a standard x-ray is not useful for diagnosing osteoporosis. The radiation emitted during such an examination is very low for the patient.

Diagnostic Ultrasound or Ultrasound

As suggested by its name, this technique uses sound waves to create an image. In addition to being used extensively in obstetrics, ultrasound is useful for evaluating soft tissues such as tendons, muscles and ligaments. A good example of when diagnostic ultrasound is used is to visualize shoulder tendons such as the rotator cuff. The cost of this technology is relatively low and the patient is not exposed to radiation. The structures to be visualized must, however, be superficial (just below the skin).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI allows for a very detailed evaluation of the “soft” parts, i.e.,joints, bone marrow and nerve structures (nerves, spinal cord, etc.). It is frequently used to diagnose spinal nerve compressions, such as those resulting in herniated discs. The patient is not exposed to any harmful radiation with the MRI.However, it is very expensive and obtaining the images takes a long time. There are also several contraindications to this examination (pacemaker, subcutaneous insulin pump, pregnancy, orthopedic prostheses, etc.).

These are the 4 types of advanced imaging that chiropractors can now prescribe in addition to X-rays. Chiropractors may do so when it is within the scope of their practice, within their skills and knowledge and of course when required by the patient’s condition.

In Part 2 of this blog, we will discuss specific situations in which your chiropractor may prescribe advanced imaging.

Sports Chiropractic

Over the past 22 years, we have helped more than 5000 people to relieve their pain, correct their posture and find lasting solutions in order to maintain optimal health. Also, many athletes at all levels were able to resume competition and perform at their personal best, thanks to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries we offer.

With the growing popularity of running, many of our patients practice this activity with passion and commitment. Dr. Lepage being a marathoner himself, our patients arevery confident in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to running, in the preparation forlong-distance events or simply to learn how to start running without injury.

Family Chiropractic

The clientele we serve is composed mainly of families whose members place health as their basic value, participate in regular physical activities and maintain good postural hygiene, as well as a healthy lifestyle.

We help each member of these families to relieve their pain or other symptoms, correct their posture and obtain optimal spinal function, and then to maintain optimal health through, amongst others, regular adjustments and physical activity.

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Digital x-rays.

The benefits of digital x-rays for chiropractic care

Since August 2019, our x-rays facilities are all digital.  Digital direct radiography (DR) produces images of outstanding quality. A flat panel detector directly converts the pattern of incident Xray energy into electrical signals. Imaging plates, cassettes and Xray scanners are no longer needed . The Xray images are available for diagnosis immediately after exposure. The advantages are numerous:

  • Use 70% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
  • Take less time to take and are easier to take than traditional film x-rays.
  • Have better quality viewing capabilities than traditional film x-rays.
  • Take the waiting out of the development process allowing us to see what is going on immediately.
  • Prevent issues from going undetected and/or missed.
  • Are easily stored on a computer.
  • Can be easily transferred to your family doctor when referrals are needed.
  • Environmentally-friendly.