What’s Unique About Chiropractic Care?

Dr. Craig W. Brue, D.C.

Are you experiencing back or neck pain? This article will help you understand your treatment options.

Medical Care:

What will your medical doctor (MD) do for back or neck pain? The typical medical response is prescription medication, because that’s what MDs do. Will it help? You are not having back/neck pain, because you are having an oxycodone, aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen deficiency. Medication may help to relieve the pain, but it doesn’t correct the cause of the pain.

Is your medical doctor a spine specialist? No. Your MD is a specialist in biochemistry, not in spinal biomechanics.

Physical Therapy: If you go to a physical therapy office for back pain, what will they do? According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “Physical therapists are health care professionals who maintain, restore, and improve movement.”

Are physical therapists spine specialists? No. A physical therapist specializes in movement disorders and typically prescribes exercises for back and neck pain. Therapists may also utilize ice, heat, massage, ultrasound, and back supports. A physical therapist cannot take or read x-rays or order imaging studies. Physical therapists are not MDs and do not prescribe medication.

Pain Management: What will happen at a pain management clinic? The answer is usually an epidural spine injection. Will that help? According to medical literature, epidural shots are typically short acting and ineffective. You are not having back/neck pain, because you don’t have enough cortisone injected into your spine. Permanent help from pain management clinics is unlikely, because, whether medication is injected or ingested, you still have the same bad back that brought you into the doctor’s office. Pain management is not necessarily better management. However, pain management always is associated with stronger drugs, serious risks, and limited long-term benefits.

Chiropractic: What can a chiropractor do that is unique in the health professions?

Chiropractors are specialists in the structure, function, and biomechanics of the spine. A chiropractor can accurately diagnose the cause of the condition with imaging studies of your spine. The doctor of chiropractic will then recommend an appropriate treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments, specific exercises for rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes for the prevention and management of pain.

However, the biggest difference between all other forms of medical treatment and chiropractic care is this: a chiropractor is the only health care provider that specializes in the correction of spinal misalignment with specific spinal adjustments. In a matter of a fraction of a second, a chiropractor can realign vertebrae and restore spinal function—a process that can provide the relief of back pain for hours, days, months, and even years. Chiropractic care is a safe, conservative, and effective way to relieve back and neck pain.

Dr. Craig Brue is an author, lecturer, and chiropractic provider in SaddleBrooke, AZ. For more information on chiropractic care, go to bruechiropractic.com.