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A 53-year-old member asked:

can chiropractors give inductions?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Induce labor? No.: No, chiropractors do not induce labor. Chiropractors are not allowed to prescribe, dispense, or administer medications as this falls outside of their primary training. It is possible that some claim to have special "chiropractic techniques" for inducing labor without drugs, but more likely they just do helpful massage, plus movements and positioning of a woman's back, hips, and legs.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller commented
Family Medicine 10 years experience
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It is worth pointing out that DOs (Osteopathic Physicians) do indeed have techniques of inducing labor with Osteopathic Manipulation. Indeed, our profession has a long history of using OMM to help reduce pre-term labor and help labor to go much more smoothly without the need for medications. Of course, if medications are needed, then we are fully capable of using them safely and effectively.
Apr 10, 2012
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: It is possible that some of the strenuous manipulation that chiropractors administer could induce labor but that is not the goal and might be an issue in premature birth. There are limited reasons to ever see a chiropractor and pregnancy should be a very cautionary issue to stay away.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What can I expect at a chiropractor appointment?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Chiro Care: You can expect to be treated very professionally, with attention to your complaints. You will have a thorough assessment of your general musculoskeletal health. You may be referred for xrays depending upon your complaint and a program of therapy will likely be proposed. Chiropractic care uses a philosophy of manipulative therapy similar to massage and osteopathic manipulation to alleviate pain.
A 16-year-old member asked:

Can chiropractors help with earaches?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Actual research studies performed in children show no benefit to ear infections with chiropractic.
A 19-year-old member asked:

Are chiropractors licensed to legitimately review xrays with much accuracy?

5 doctor answers26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Uncertain: The licensure of chiropractors and scope of care may vary from state to state. As far as competency in reviewing x-rays is concerned, that may vary between practitioners and the quality of films taken in their offices. There are "chiropractic radiologists" in some states, who routinely review x-rays according to how they were trained.
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A 49-year-old male asked:

My girlfriend goes to the chiropractor once a week for an adjustment. Dr. Uses a spring device. Is this effective treatment? Seems odd to me.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Unsure: Can you be more specific as to what is being adjusted. What kind of spring device and how is it applied and where?
Dr. Ario Kiarash
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
The activator technique, also known as AMCT (Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique), is a chiropractic technique that delivers a high speed, low force adjustment. Read more: How to Use a Chiropractic Activator | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5712893_use-chiropractic-activator.html#ixzz1lZcd7NT0
Feb 6, 2012
A 36-year-old female asked:

Can a chiropractor really help with vestibular disoder?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Unlikely: Vestibular disorders typically need to be addressed by an ear nose and throat doctor or a neurologist. A chiropractor may make you feel somewhat better but will not address the underlying problem.

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