What Do Chiropractors Do?
I often hear people ask, “What do chiropractors actually do?” So, I would love to answer this question for all of you in the greater Raleigh, NC area who are curious about visiting a chiropractor.
It’s estimated that between 20 and 25 million Americans visit a chiropractor each year. Of these patients who visit a chiropractor, around 35% go for relief of back pain.
Back pain can come from many sources including degeneration of the spine, poor posture, injuries from a car accident or sports injury, sprains are strains of the back, herniated discs in the back, lifestyle issues such as being overweight or sitting at work all day.
The majority of the other visits to Chiropractors include symptoms such as neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, sciatica, nerve pain, as well as other conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
To answer the question of “What do chiropractors do?”, let’s start with another question:
What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors specialize in physical medicine using spinal manipulation, physical therapies, nutritional and lifestyle advice. Many chiropractors work in integrated clinics with medical doctors. physical therapists. Others work with massage therapists, acupuncturist and nutritionists.
Chiropractors receive four years of training after a bachelor’s degree is obtained. Chiropractors use the initials “DC” after their name which stands for a doctor of chiropractic.
Is what chiropractors do often covered by insurance?
Yes; chiropractic care is covered by nearly all insurance carriers including Medicare and Medicaid.
Chiropractors utilze diagnostic testing and lab work to diagnose their patients with many conditions.The diagnostic studies the Chiropractors typically utilize include plain film x-ray’s, MRIs, CT scans, routine lab work. Chiropractors also utilize nerve conduction studies or NCVs, diagnostic ultrasound and video fluoroscopy.
What do chiropractors do and not do?
In most states Chiropractors do not write prescription medications and in some states like New Mexico they do. Most Chiropractors utilize hands on physical medicine to relieve pain and heal injuries.
Chiropractors who do not practice in clinical practice are often part of the university system or other organizations like the US Olympic team or professional sports teams. Currently the chief medical officer for the US Olympic team is a Chiropractor. Many Chiropractors also take government jobs with the state and local Department of health.
In summary, if you are asking about what chiropractors do:
What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractic care is sought out by millions of Americans each year for a host of conditions. Chiropractors work in a wide range of settings utilizing their specialty. Chiropractic care is a form of physical medicine which primarily focuses on dysfunctions of the spine and musculoskeletal system.
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Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C. “Your Raleigh Chiropractor”