Chiropractor Near Me FAQ’s
What is a Chiropractor?
A Chiropractor is a alternative medicine provider that traditionally specializes in treatment of the joints and muscles of the spine via a manual manipulation known as an “adjustment”.
Over the last 50 years the profession has evolved to include more physical therapy modalities, electrical modalities, nutritional advice and functional neurology to treat complex neurologic disorders(without medicine). The type of Chiropractor you visit can vary widely based on areas they have chose study. There are still some that only manipulate the spine.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-invasive and drug free therapies for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints. In medicine generally a safe treatment is described in terms of risk. Overall the adverse effects of having a serious complication is extremely rare with Chiropractic! The numbers look to be about 1-3 cases of adverse effects in every 100,000 patients with neck pain. These numbers look pretty good when compared to adverse effects that can occur with aspirin. Or if you compare the mortality rate to having a spinal surgery with numbers like 197 mortalities were reported among 108,419 patients (1.8 deaths per 1000 patients).
A well trained chiropractor trained in primary care should be able to recognize when a manipulation isn’t warranted and refer to a medical doctor for special testing.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
This question really comes down to philosophy. Traditionally, Chiropractors believed that bones would “go out of place” and reek havoc on the nervous system until they were “put back in” by a chiropractic adjustment. This logic hasn’t stood the test of time in research. The mechanism behind its effectiveness is thought to be more related to neural modulation (calming down the nervous system) and circulating synovial fluid in the joint among other mechanisms. Regardless in how you choose to describe the what’s occurring, it’s an effective treatment option for low back pain, neck pain, hip pain and a stiff upper back!
How long before a Chiropractic treatment works?
It depends on the condition, how long the symptoms have been present and compliance of the patient to the treatment program. Generally, for newer complaints (less than 3 weeks) and the patient seeks immediate treatment for the symptoms can be elevated significantly in 2-5 visits. For painful conditions that have been present for longer than 3 months it will likely take up to 10 visits or more. That’s why it’s important to address your complaint early!
I’m looking for the best Chiropractor near me. What should I be looking for?
This question isn’t specific to the Chiropractic profession or any profession. Before skill comes honesty and integrity in the service that they’re providing. After those bases are covered, then skill and RESULTS are all that a practitioner should be judged on. The chiropractor should be proficient on rehabilitation principles, myofascial release and pain science literature. Most qualify Chiropractors also can treat upper and lower limb complaint such as plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel.
Should I see a Physical Therapist or a Chiropractor?
Again, that question is based upon the results that physical therapist or chiropractor can achieve. The professional boundaries between professions are not so clear cut anymore. Physical therapist in most states can now perform grade 5 manipulation (adjustment) and most chiropractors give their patients home exercises to address common complaints such as low back pain. Once again it comes down to RESULTS that the therapist can obtain rather than the letters behind their name.