It can be difficult to know where to go for help when you are in pain, especially if this is your first time in physical discomfort. Whether you have injuries, soft tissue damage, whiplash, back and/or neck pain, leg and/or foot pain, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, or sports injuries, the only thing on your mind is where you can find relief. A doctor of chiropractics is not only a great choice to providing the relief you need, but can offer a unique advantage over other health specialties.
The first step to addressing your pain is getting a proper diagnosis. Identifying the cause of your pain is the first step to solving it, therefore a proper diagnosis is essential. A diagnosis allows you to find the right treatment, and to rule out more serious disease. Both medical doctors and chiropractors are licensed to diagnose, and trained to be primary care physicians. They can provide an initial diagnosis, make treatment recommendations, and, if needed, will refer to other specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and rheumatologists.
The fact that chiropractors are trained to be primary care physicians may come as a surprise, as there is often misunderstanding about their role in health care. Chiropractic doctors receive eight years of training, just as medical doctors do. Both receive a similar education in their first two years of medical education, but in the second two years, their clinical training diverges. A medical degree emphasizes internal medicine, surgery, and pharmaceuticals, where a chiropractic degrees emphasizes physical medicine, physical therapy, adjusting and nutrition. Both are trained extensively in radiology and diagnostic imaging, so they can provide you with x-rays when needed, interpret MRI’s and CT scans.
A diagnoses is important, but is useless without the right treatment. Whenever possible, try conservative therapies first. If conservative therapy is not an option, your chiropractor will refer you out accordingly. Don’t rush to surgery. Many are not needed. Surgeries are permanent, often over utilized, and can create new complications. You can always try conservative therapy first and then try surgery later, but you cannot do the reverse.
Most musculoskeletal pain will respond well to adjustments, physical therapy (physio therapy), and nutritional support. Doctors of chiropractic are extensively trained in these therapies. Combined with their understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, doctors of chiropractic are uniquely primed to offer premier care with non-narcotic pain management.
Here are five of the advantages a doctor of chiropractics can offer you:
One Convenient Location
- Skip making multiple appointments between your doctors and your therapists. No more paying multiple co-pays for all the visits, driving to separate offices, and delaying the relief you need from the pain. A chiropractor can diagnose and provide therapy all at the same time and at the same location. This often includes any x-rays that you may need.
Your Therapy is Provided By Your Doctor
- As your therapy progresses, new findings often unfold. It’s to your advantage to have a doctor re-evaluating your case every time you are treated.
- Adjustments aren’t unique to chiropractic; medical doctors, osteopaths, and physical therapists all perform them, but chiropractors receive more training hours in proper adjusting techniques than any other profession. Additionally, because adjustments are their main therapy, chiropractors have much more experience applying them, keeping their adjusting skills sharp, which provides you with the safest and most comfortable experience possible.
Trained to Be Conservative
- Doctors of chiropractic do not use surgery or pharmaceuticals in their practice. This positions them to offer conservative approaches to healing first.
Whole Health Approach
- Doctors of chiropractic receive extensive training in biochemistry, nutrition, and diet, to offer patients ways to become healthy from the inside out.
Don’t hesitate to get the help you need and the pain relief you desire. If you have any questions or concerns about chiropractics and/or how it may help you achieve optimal health, please do not hesitate to contact us at our office: (304) 263-4927.