2 AnswersYes, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine, chiropractic care is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. It is the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.
Furthermore, according to a study in the January-February 2005 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, in 2002 approximately 7.4 percent of the population in the United States used chiropractic care--a higher percentage than yoga, massage, acupuncture or other diet-based therapies.
3 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredWe all ache back there, and millions of us use a chiropractor to ease the pain, help our posture, or achieve other health benefits. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states. Back-whackers, as some skeptics call them, must study for 4 to 5 years (or get 4,200 hours of training) at one of 16 accredited chiropractic colleges recognized by the US Department of Education. They also need to pass a four-part exam.
Unlike conventional doctors, however, they don't need to do an internship or residency. Some states and insurance policies give chiropractors more powers (such as to be someone's primary care doc) than others do. The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board Web site (http://www.fclb.org) is a good info source.
1 AnswerChiropractic patients give doctors of chiropractic high scores on satisfaction. According to a study published in 2002 in the American Journal of Public Health, “Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks."
3 AnswersDebra Fulghum Bruce PhD , Healthcare, answeredChiropractic is successfully used to treat back pain, chronic headaches, neck pain, and pain from musculoskeletal injuries. This holistic hands-on care has also been shown to be effective for fibromyalgia, as it helps improve pain levels and increase cervical and lumbar ranges of motion. Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries also respond well to chiropractic, with increased grip strength and reduction of symptoms.
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2 AnswersDr. Gerald M. Silverman , Chiropractic Medicine, answeredIn most cases the answer is no, chiropractors are licensed as primary entry portals in all 50 states. However, there maybe some insurance plans that do require MD referrals and if you are unsure about any insurance restrictions you should check with your insurance carrier before attending any possible unauthorized service for which you may become financially responsible.
3 AnswersDr. Steven Shoshany, DC , Chiropractic Medicine, answered
Simply put yes.
If you find out you have a lumbar disc herniation, most times it because you have had a recent MRI.
Chiropractors practice many different techniques to treat the lumbar spine, but the technique that I find the most helpful is called flexion distraction.
Flexion distraction utilizes a unique Chiropractic table that separates at the trunk.
Spinal manipulation is effective to relieve pain associated with lumbar disc herniation.
Flexion distraction is a very safe and gentle technique that helps release the pressure placed on the disc.
Spinal decompression is a treatment that can help return the lumbar disc herniation back to a happier place.
Spinal decompression usually requires 20 plus visits to affect the disc.
The lumbar disc itself is an avascular structure (poor blood supply) and once injured it continues break down.
Spinal decompression helps by decreasing pressure within the disc and helps return blood supply to the disc to help promote tissue healing.
If you or a loved one has a lumbar disc herniation, Chiropractic care should your first choice.
1 AnswerDr. John J. Connolly , Healthcare Insurance & Policy, answered
Chiropractors (D.C.) are Doctors of Chiropractic. They emphasize the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the musculoskeletal system through manipulation. They are not medical doctors and do not have admitting privileges at hospitals.
3 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answered
Chiropractic treatments can be as effective as or more effective than conventional medical management for back pain. Chiropractic theory aims to realign vertebrae and establish normal spinal mobility, which in turn alleviates the irritation to the nerve and surrounding muscle. Multiple sessions are usually required to alleviate pain.
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