Chiropractic is a profession, not a treatment. As a profession, chiropractors are trained medical professionals with unique training to manage many common health conditions. Chiropractors utilize treatments, including joint manipulation, physical therapy modalities, patient education, manual therapy, nutrition, and rehabilitation exercises, to address each patient's unique situation.
As chronic pain continues to rise within the US healthcare system, chiropractors utilize proven methods to reduce pain and disability without the need for medications and surgery in most cases. Here are a couple of reasons people may choose to visit a chiropractor.
Most people associate chiropractors with low back pain (LBP)- and rightly so. LBP plagues our society as one of the most common causes of disability and healthcare expenditures. Joint dysfunction in the lower back is a primary risk factor for the development & progression of low back degeneration. (1) Fortunately, chiropractors provide researched backed treatment of these joints through spinal manipulation, exercise, and specific patient education. Most patients have reduced pain within their first visit.
Neck pain is the second most common reason patients visit a chiropractor. Changes to daily habits, postural stresses, and workstation ergonomics are among the most common activities resulting in a stiff or painful neck. If neck stiffness is left untreated, a person may experience restricted joints and less range of motion. Spinal manipulation, delivered by chiropractors, has unrivaled success and safety for these types of neck pain. (2) Manipulation, in conjunction with exercise and postural reeducation, often alleviates symptoms quickly.
A chiropractor will spend time with you to understand your unique pain presentation. They will ask questions, perform a physical exam, and possibly order imaging to understand your condition entirely. Your pain is multi-dimensional, affecting many areas of your life—and so should your treatment plan. A chiropractor can carefully craft a care plan to attack all of the postures, activities, hobbies, and stresses that may be resulting in your chronic pain.