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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting a Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the Doctor of Chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis for chiropractic care or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-
The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension.
Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated
It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the
most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic treatment and techniques are modified to fit a child’s size, weight and unique history of stresses that are uncovered during an initial consultation and examination.
The majority of all insured Americans have coverage for chiropractic services in their health care plans. In addition, chiropractic care is covered under Medicare. For patients without insurance, chiropractic care is very affordable with costs much less than traditional medical doctor visits.
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an
emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for
doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four
years of pre-
In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. For example, the techniques applied to an adult in good health greatly differ from those applied to a newborn child and the elderly.
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that
makes a popping sound -
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