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Should I see a chiropractor about my back pain?

Dr. Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine Specialist

Chiropractic therapy is similar to physical therapy in its application of ultrasound, diathermy, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), and soft tissue techniques, but it relies less heavily on strengthening equipment. Instead, chiropractic emphasizes joint movement, and treatments usually include spinal manipulation therapy or adjustments to mobilize or loosen spinal joints.

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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