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A 47-year-old member asked:

For mild musculoskeletal pain --- osteopath or chiropractor?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: If the pain is really mild, try to stay away from doctors. They may want to do an x-ray, etc.. However, if you are on medications like statins, such pain may be indicative of a more serious problem like rhabdomyolysis. Nerve pain may be indicative of diabetes. If it's back pain, try to strengthen your muscle core. For backs and necks, i say chiropractor. For pain elsewhere, i say osteopath.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Who treats musculoskeletal pain better a chiropractor or an osteopath?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: If the pain is really mild, try to stay away from doctors. They may want to do an x-ray, etc.. However, if you are on medications like statins, such pain may be indicative of a more serious problem like rhabdomyolysis. Nerve pain may be indicative of diabetes. If it's back pain, try to strengthen your muscle core. For backs and necks, i say chiropractor. For pain elsewhere, i say osteopath.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Who better treats musculoskeletal pain more effectively, a chiropractor or an osteopath?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
It depends...: This depends on many factors. There are many different styles of chiropractic. I tend to favor more gentle approaches like direct non-force technique, but some patients seem to respond better to more forceful techniques.Most osteopaths don't offer osteopathic manipulation as part of their practice(!), but those who do are often excellent and their techniques are a bit more standardized-see comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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The bottom line is that the quality of the individual practitioner may be more important than whether they are a chiropractor or osteopath. A good DC will help more than a mediocre DO, and a good DO will help more than a mediocre DC. It may also depend on your issue- some individuals will respond better to chiropractic, others to osteopathic treatment.
May 31, 2012

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