Sunday, April 18, 2021
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Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic is a form of health care that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure, primarily of the spine, and function. Doctors of chiropractic, who are also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, use a type of hands-on therapy called manuipulation (or adjustment) as their core clinical procedure. However, there are some differences in beliefs and approaches within the chiropractic profession.  Despite this, many patients find chiropractic treatment helpful as a non-surgical alternative to treatment of neck and back pain in the absence of neurologic symptoms.

Key Points
  • Chiropractic is most often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions,  i.e. problems with the muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Research studies of chiropractic treatment for low-back pain have been of uneven quality and insufficient to allow firm conclusions. Nonetheless, the overall sense of the data is that for low-back pain, chiropractic treatment and conventional medical treatments are about equally helpful. It is harder to draw conclusions about the relative value of chiropractic for other clinical conditions.
  • The risk of experiencing complications from chiropractic adjustment of the low back appears to be very low. However, the risk appears to be higher for adjustment of the neck.
  • It is important to inform all of your health care providers about any treatment that you are using or considering, including chiropractic. This will help each provider make sure that all aspects of your health care are working together.
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