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Why will a Chiropractic Doctor do a Comprehensive Exam?

Chiropractors are typically trained in multiple methods of assessing back pain, including:  Chiropractors are trained in examining the joints, bones, muscles and tendons of the spine, head, extremities and other areas of the body with the purpose of noting any misalignment, tenderness, asymmetry, defects or other problems.

Chiropractors are trained to perform a variety of neurologic tests (nerve root compression/tension, motor strength, coordination, deep tendon and pathological reflexes, etc.) and are skilled in performing orthopedic, cardiovascular and many other common examinations.

Chiropractors are trained to assess range of motion, stability, muscle strength, muscle tone and other assessments with the lower back.

Chiropractors are trained in use of diagnostic studies and tools such as radiography (X-rays), laboratory diagnostics and neurodiagnostics.

In the assessment of lower back pain, differential diagnosis utilizing a "triage" concept of classifying low back injuries into one of three categories helps to guide the doctor of chiropractic. These categories of chiropractic diagnosis include:

1. Potentially serious: tumor, infection, fracture, major neurological problem (cauda equina), local open wound or burn, prolonged bleeding (hemophilia), artificial joint implant problems, pacemaker problems, joint infection

2. Nerve problem: when the nerve root in the low back is pinched or compressed, causing a radiculopathy (sciatica). Typical causes of nerve root pinching include a lumbar herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis

3. Non-specific: mechanical back pain in the lumbar spine. This type of lower back pain is the most common presentation, and includes pain for which there is no identifiable cause.

With chiropractic diagnosis of potentially serious injuries, the chiropractor will typically refer the patient to a relevant medical specialist and possibly a surgeon, and as appropriate the chiropractor may co-manage the patient's care with other back pain specialists. With this classification, chiropractic manipulation is typically avoided over the relevant anatomy.

Conditions Chiropractors Can Treat:

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • TMJD

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder & Hand Pain/Numbness

  • Mid-Back & Scapular Pain

  • Low Back & Hip Pain

  • Lower Extremity Pain

  • Upper Extremity Pain

  • Foot & Ankle Pain

  • Scoliosis

  • Whiplash

  • Disc Injury

  • Neuropathy

Meet Dr. Audra V. Hewett, DC, CICE

Dr. Audra Hewett prides herself in spending time with her patients, focusing on their concerns. From a young age, Dr. Hewett always knew that she wanted to be in healthcare. She believes that Chiropractic is the perfect blend of medicine that facilitates the body to heal.

Dr. Audra Hewett was born in Winter Haven, FL. She attended school at the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with concentration of pre-medical sciences. After working for 3 years with an amazing Medical Doctor, volunteering weekly at Tampa General Hospital, and countless volunteer opportunities in the local Tampa area and in Guatemala with her family, Dr. Hewett decided to pursue her dream to help others achieve optimal function and wellbeing; assisting people to live healthier and active lives. That's when she found her passion in the chiropractic field.

Dr. Audra Hewett graduated in 2017 from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Port Orange Florida and is now practicing in beautiful Central Florida area.

Dr. Audra Hewett is well-trained in Thompson Technique, Flexion-Distraction Technique, Palmer Package, Kinesio-taping, Graston Technique, Logan Basic, IASTM, and Activator Methods. Dr. Audra Hewett loves to pursue further education and is currently in process in earing her diplomate for internal medicine with a chiropractic perspective and has completed the prestigious program in earning her Certified Independent Chiropractic Examiner program. This CICE degree distinguishes Dr. Audra Hewett among other chiropractors so that she can thoroughly examine a patient for auto mobile accidents, injuries, falls, and evaluate permanent impairment reviews and cases. Dr. Audra Hewett was also nominated for Orlando Style Magazine's Top Tier Chiropractors 2019 and Women In Medicine Top Chiropractor 2020. Follow Dr. Hewett's YOUTUBE channel.

In her spare time, she loves to go to the gym, yoga, paint and spend time with her cat fur-babies, Bhakti & Bunny.

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