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Chiropractors (Definition)

Chiropractors are licensed professionals who practice a form of alternative medicine in treating patients with health problems relating to the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. They usually focus on manipulating and adjusting the spine ...Read more


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Who can pop femoral heads that have been displaced from their socket? Orthopedic surgeons or chiropractors?

Who can pop femoral heads that have been displaced from their socket? Orthopedic surgeons or chiropractors?

Orthopedics: True dislocated hips need orthopedic cate to protected femoral head blood supply true dislocations are high energy events MVA and falls ...Read more

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Who should I see for scoliosis? Chiropractor? Physical therapist? Orthopedic specialist?

Who should I see for scoliosis? Chiropractor? Physical therapist? Orthopedic specialist?

Structural problem: Most scoliosis problems that I have seen originate from three load bearing areas. The TMJ can cause postural avoidance of pain/airway going down the body, the hips both ascending/descending issues, and feet problems ascending up the body. Everything is connected. You could have a single problem or several overlapping. You may need to see several specialist to get diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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If my shoulder has almost persistent pain should I see an orthopedic doctor or a chiropractor?

If my shoulder has almost persistent pain should I see an orthopedic doctor or a chiropractor?

Start w Primary care: Did you get hurt in the area? You should see your pediatrician or a Family Medicine doctor first to get initial work up for this type of shoulder pain. They would provide you with a referral to ortho for additional imaging studies as indicated. ...Read more

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Should I see an orthopedic surgery or a chiropractor for pain in the left arm and shoulder blade?

Should I see an orthopedic surgery or a chiropractor for pain in the left arm and shoulder blade?

Neither! Instead...: The best choice is probably neither! Surgeons are appropriate if you need surgery but that should be the last resort, not first treatment to try. Chiropractors often help back pain but may not help arm and shoulder pain. I advise a family doc or physiatrist (Doc specializing in Physical Medicine). They may refer you to a physical therapist. Acupuncture and micro-current may help you as well. ...Read more

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Should I see a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor for chronic lower and mid back pain?

Should I see a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor for chronic lower and mid back pain?

Primary care doctor.: Chiropractor can sometimes help. See primary care doc before orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Should I go to the chiropractor for my hip pain? I'm a 37 year old woman, I fell on the ice a 1 1\2 ago and ever since I have had right hip pain only when I sleep and sometime when I'm sitting at my desk. I went to an orthopedic doctor and had x-rays and

Should I go to the chiropractor for my hip pain? I'm a 37 year old woman, I fell on the ice a 1 1\2 ago and ever since I have had right hip pain only when I sleep and sometime when I'm sitting at my desk. I went to an orthopedic doctor and had x-rays and

Hello.: Hello. Ssorry to hear about your hip pain. Glad to hear you are trying healthy options like yoga and stretching. Osteopaths also do manipulation. Not all insurance plans cover chiropractics but should cover treatment from an osteopath (check your policy) you could also consider medical acupuncture. Acupuncture has been practices for thousands of years I china. Very thin (much more narrow that needles that are used for blood or to give shots) are used with electricity (or without electrical stimulation). This is used to move stagnant blood, lymph, energy and qi. Often when there is recurrent pain, your nerves have developed a certain pattern of functioning. The acupuncture can change those patterns and return to a healthy state. It is quite remarkable. ...Read more

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My husband went to a chiropractor for upper back neck pain. He performed a neck adjustment and my husband has been dizzy 24/7 since. MRI and CT show no arterial dissection. He has a herniated disc at C6-C7. He's seen an ENT and orthopedic surgeon, and no

Needs further evalua: Does he get dizzy when he turns our bend his neck? He may have instability. He needs a full cervical xray exam including bending views to check for instability. What did the MRI of the cervical spine show? Is there stenosis or cord compression? He should not have any manipulations on his neck any more. If his surgeon can not figure out what is going on, does not hurt to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have neck/shoulder pain. Should I see a orthopedist or a chiropractor?

I have neck/shoulder pain. Should I see a orthopedist or a chiropractor?

Neck/shoulder pain: Each has its advantages. Personally, I would get x-ray & exam from orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm 20 year old girl with 's' shaped scholiosis. My chiropractor recommended me to an orthopedist. What cani do myself because I can't afford bills? Please.

Hello. I'm 20 year old girl with 's' shaped scholiosis. My chiropractor recommended me to an orthopedist. What cani do myself because I can't afford bills? Please.

Sorry about that: Hi,

i am sorry to hear that you cannot afford the orthopedist. It seems important that you see one.

You apparently can afford the "chiro". I would recommend that you forgo your next appointment with him or her and see the do or md spine specialist. Your time and money will be well spent getting that expert opinion and advice.

Best of luck... ...Read more

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Which physician is best for a herniated disk: a chiropractor or a physician or a orthopedist?

Which physician is best for a herniated disk: a chiropractor or a physician or a orthopedist?

A DO: Is a good nonoperative back choice. Osteopathic doctor. Fellowship trained spine surgeon for operative care (severe leg pain), neurosurgeons treat herniated discs daily. Additional choices. ...Read more

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Lower back problem im a 39 yrs old male, with lower back pain. I threw it out a year ago, and the pain is unbearable on somedays. I have been wondering if a chiropracor is the best way to go or a orthopedic?

Lower back problem im a 39 yrs old male, with lower back pain. I threw it out a year ago, and the pain is unbearable on somedays. I have been wondering if a chiropracor is the best way to go or a orthopedic?

If: If you have intermittent back pain you could start with either.

If you have other symptoms such as constant, worsening back pain, leg pain, numbness, tingling, bowel and bladder problems, weight loss, fevers, chills, night sweats, significant back injury or history of cancer, then you should start with primary care doctor, pain doctor or spine surgeon.

If you do not get relief from the chiropractor then I would recommend seeing a medical doctor, preferably spine specialist. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on chiropractors?

What is your opinion on chiropractors?

Opinion: Chiropractors are a great adjunct to health care discuss issues with your provider before starting treatment ...Read more

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How could a chiropractor help me?

How could a chiropractor help me?

Yes.: Chiropractic care is a good option for conservative care of back problems. ...Read more

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Is it worth while going to a chiropractor for the pain of sciatia?

Is it worth while going to a chiropractor for the pain of sciatia?

Sciatica: Chiropractic does play a role. Before you go make sure you are fully evaluated by an md. ...Read more

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Hi. I have osteoporosis and was wondering if it was ok to c a chiropractor?

Yes: Sure it's ok to see a chiropractor. If you are concerned about your osteoporosis have your bone density checked and follow up with your family physician. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor help anxiety?

Can a chiropractor help anxiety?

Chiropractic: I'm sure some chiropractors would say yes -- as there are all different forms of practice. However, this might not be the most direct route to feeling better unless your anxiety is directly tied to anatomic problems in your spine. Some chiropractors are more interested in nutrition which may play a part in anxiety; others are not. You'd have to ask the specific chiropractor what s/he does. ...Read more

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Could chiropractor write prescriptions?

Not legally: Chiropractors can make recommendations from the health food store but cannot write medical prescriptions since they lack proper training to do that. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor write prescriptions?

Not generally: Doctors of Chiropractic are not licensed to write medical prescriptions or perform surgery in the United States. They rely instead on a variety of manual treatments. ...Read more

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Can I see a chiropractor while pregnant?

From across the room: There is no rational reason to ever see a chiropractor while pregnant. If you were seeing one prior to the pregnancy, and have persistent symptoms, you should be evaluated by an orthopod. Nothing that happens in pregnancy should ever be approached in any manner by a chiropractor. ...Read more

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Can the chiropractor help with allergies?

Can the chiropractor help with allergies?

No: Chirpractors practice a deep massage for musculoskeletal strains. Their manipulations will have no effect on allergies. ...Read more

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Can chiropractors help with tmj/tmd tinnitus?

Can chiropractors help with tmj/tmd tinnitus?

Yes and NO: Chiropractors can help with tmj/tmd symptoms, including tinnitus. But the best chiropractors that I work with have an excellent knowledge of tmd and know better than to manipulate the jaw. So I would recommend if they work had in hand with a tmd specialist and vise versa. Often the chiropractic adjustments may not hold due to the bite needing realignment or a mouthpiece. ...Read more

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Must I see a chiropractor for my bulging bursa?

Must I see a chiropractor for my bulging bursa?

No: Chiropractor's treat problems with spine.
Depending on where bursal bulge is (if indeed that is the problem), nsaids and ice should resolve problem. If not see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dextroscoliosis can be treated by chiropractor?

Dextroscoliosis can be treated by chiropractor?

Absolutely not!: @ Ur age any residual scoliosis can't B changed they only increase during Ur growth period. If films were done lying down, it could just B from Ur positioning on the table. Curves can only B corrected during early growth period by bracing, or if severe by surgery. Going 2 a DC 4 this is a waste of money & time. Don't B fooled ...Read more

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Will a chiropractor see me while 17wks pregnant?

DC and pregnancy: Yes, your chiropractor can (and should!) see you throughout your entire pregnancy, even as you go into labor, if s/he is trained to work on pregnant women. ...Read more

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Why do so many physicians dislike chiropractors?

There are good: Chiropractors & bad ones. A chiropractor going above what he/she is trained to do, is a bad one. A chiropractor making false claims, & promising patient things not evidence based is not doing the right thing for their vulnerable and trusting patient, but taking advantage. One that manipulates the cervical spine without first obtaining mri can expose patient to harm. There are great Chiropractors. ...Read more

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Would a chiropractor be able to help my sciatica?

Would a chiropractor be able to help my sciatica?

Possible: Many times conservative care can include chiropractic care. If you are not better soon (less than 10-15 treatments), then consider other options like a spine fellowship trained pain specialist. ...Read more

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What will the chiropractor do to fix my back pain?

Depends.: Depends on the cause of your pain and their findings in physical exam. In general though, they manipulate and realign the spine in their treatments. ...Read more