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Chiropractic Medicine: A Solution for You?

November 7th, 2011 0 comments
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Certain health conditions may warrant a trip to your normal doctor.  However, some conditions can be also be treated by a chiropractor, though many patients fail to consider this option.

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What’s Hurting?

Try to identify the source of your pain, and note its severity and frequency; when you visit your chiropractor or doctor, this information can help them reach a diagnosis.

Chiropractors cover a number of skeleton and muscle problems, including back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, arthritis, sciatica, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, runner’s knee, shin splints, shoulder tendonitis, hip pointer, and more.  With the range of treatments that a chiropractor can offer for these types of conditions, there may be an option that could help treat your pain. You can also ask your chiropractor about preventative treatment, which is covered in a separate article on this site.

Pros and Cons of Chiropractic Treatment

Going to a chiropractor might seem a simpler option than treatment from a doctor. Some patients prefer physical adjustments and therapy rather than medications. However, a course of chiropractic appointments will probably take up more time than you would have spent at the doctor’s.

You may want to compare the costs you will pay for chiropractic treatment to those of treatment from your regular doctor. Tests carried out via the doctor’s offices can be expensive, and your health insurance coverage may or may not cover the costs, depending on the health insurance policy you hold.  If the doctor prescribes medication, don’t forget there may be prescription costs as well.

What Is the Best Option?

There is no definitive “better” choice between chiropractors and other healthcare providers. Visiting the doctor might be faster or more convenient for you; however, the specialist expertise of a chiropractor may benefit you too.  Even if you have to pay your chiropractor’s fees yourself, this isn’t necessarily a downside; compare the fees to the amount you might pay toward a doctor’s visit and associated expenses for tests and medicines.

You can often use chiropractic treatment in conjunction with traditional health care.  You might suggest this to your doctor if you are currently being treated for something that has the potential to be helped with chiropractic medicine.

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