Frequently Asked Questions
Like medical school, the state law requires only a minimum of two years undergraduate education before entering medical or chiropractic college. As a matter or practicality, however, the majority of students entering the chiropractic college hold a four-year undergraduate degree. In addition to a minimum of at least two years of undergraduate college, four to five years of chiropractic college must be completed to earn the degree Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).
The most common conditions for which patients seek chiropractic care include low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. However, due to the effects of nerve irritation, doctors of chiropractic (DCs) also care for patients with problems in the shoulders, elbows, hips, wrists (including carpal tunnel syndrome), feet, knees, ankles, and other body areas and systems. With additional training, many DCs specialize in sports injuries, nutrition, rehabilitation, industrial injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and radiology. Although most people initially think of consulting a DC for back pain, consider that every part of the body is connected to the nervous system and knows which body function is associated with each spinal level. By removing nerve interference associated with a particular bodily function, your DC can normalize the function of many body systems.
Is chiropractic scientific?
Yes. Dr. Pran Manga, a medical economist from the University of Ottawa, Canada, found: "On a balance of evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain. The clinical evidence is corroborated by clinical trials, case-control studies, meta-analysis, and properly constituted clinical guidelines panels."
When it comes to the treatment of low back pain, one of the most disabling and costly conditions faced by our society, nothing has been more widely researched than spinal manipulation. The scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that spinal manipulation is safe, gentle, effective, and costs less than other commonly accepted but less effective forms of care. The research and scientific evidence concerning the intimate relationship between the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and spinal vertebrae is above reproach. Today, no one seriously questions the prevailing wisdom that structure (primarily the spine), function, and overall health are integrally related. Chiropractic care can restore function to damaged spinal joints and irritated nerves.
Do doctors of chiropractic prescribe drugs?
Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) do not prescribe drugs or advocate the position that drugs are the answer to all problems. A natural approach is preferred, if safe and effective, to allow the body to recover without the use of risky chemicals. However, a DC will not hesitate to refer a patient to the appropriate health care professional when a patient would benefit from medication or another intervention.
Do doctors of chiropractic and medical doctors work together?
Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) routinely refer to medical providers when patients warrant a different approach such as drugs or surgery. Patients benefit from a rising trend in open communication and referrals from medical providers to DCs. The medical profession in the last decade has come to recognize the benefits of not only chiropractic, but also the benefits of many forms of alternative and complimentary medicine. As a result, the relationship between medical and chiropractic doctors continues to improve, with the patient being the true beneficiary.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle, and effective movements of the joints and surrounding soft tissues, performed for the purpose of restoring normal motion, position, and function. When a doctor of chiropractic (DC) moves or manipulates a patient's spinal bones to restore normal nerve function and range of motion, the procedure is referred to as an adjustment. By means of spinal examination and other procedures, a DC will be able to determine exactly which spinal bones are functioning abnormally. A DC will choose the adjustment technique best suited for the patient. Once the specific areas have been identified and the method of adjustment has been chosen, the procedure will be performed on a specially designed adjusting table, and pressure will be applied (usually by hand) to ease the spine back to its normal function and range of motion. Your DC has special training to perform these adjustments. In fact, DCs have more training and more experience in delivering adjustments than any other health care profession, including medicine and osteopathy. A Rand Corporation study showed that 94% of all adjustments given to patients are delivered by doctors of chiropractic.
How does a chiropractic adjustment differ from an adjustment performed by a medical doctor or osteopath?
In general, chiropractic adjustments are more specific than medical or osteopathic manipulations. "Specific," in this context, means that chiropractic adjustments tend to be directed to a particular joint malfunction rather than an entire region (i.e., a low back spinal bone is adjusted as compared with the low back region being manipulated). Specificity such as this can be more comfortable and more effective. This, again, is due to the more extensive training and experience that the doctor of chiropractic possesses in delivering the adjustment.
Are patients required to go to their chiropractor numerous times?
How long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. Just as most people choose to benefit from a lifetime of regular dental care, so too, do many people select to benefit from a lifetime of regular chiropractic care. Sadly, it is often true that people spend more time and money maintaining their automobiles than they do in caring for the health of their spine and nervous system. Many professional and Olympic athletes utilize chiropractic care - not to treat injuries, but to actually enhance performance. This same benefit is also available to the "weekend athlete." Remember, healing is a process and not an event.
Is bed rest an effective treatment for back pain?
No. There is little scientific or clinical evidence that supports the value of bed rest. Bed rest may even harm a body by weakening muscles and bones, thus delaying recovery.
How long does it take for chiropractic to work?
It depends upon your overall health and amount of time you have suffered from a condition. Many patients usually feel improvements within a short period of time. Once the condition has been resolved, patients benefit from regular checkups helping to detect and resolve new problems, or recurrences of old ones, before they become serious.
My back doesn't hurt. Why would I need chiropractic care?
Whether we're looking at an infant or senior citizen, one fact remains consistently true: the body's nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Chiropractors detect and correct interferences to normal nerve transmission so the body can function at peak efficiency.
Do chiropractors provide care for children?
As with all health conditions, early detection is the key to successful care. It's a good idea to have children checked periodically for neck, spine, and other injuries or conditions. Ask for a doctor who has had special training in the safe and effective methods of care for children.
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