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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hard pressure on my feet, feet&leg hurt which doctor (chiropractor, physical therapist, podiatrist, orthopedic, or acupunpuncturist or?)should I see

Any one of the Docs: Would do, so as to be properly evaluated and Diagnosed and treatment started. Good Luck.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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