It is estimated that chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans annually. Among physicians and specialists that treat low back pain, chiropractors are the highest-rated healthcare practitioner according to a survey of patient satisfaction - three in four people who saw a chiropractor in the last year described chiropractic care as “very effective”.
A growing body of research demonstrates that the services provided by chiropractors are safe and highly effective for management of acute and chronic pain conditions. In 2017, The American College of Physicians indicated that nonpharmacological approaches, such as spinal manipulation, should be the initial choice of treatment intervention for chronic low back pain. You may find more information about research here.
A chiropractic physician must complete an undergraduate degree and four years of graduate school. They will be granted a license upon completion of four national board exams. Chiropractors specialize in treatment of maladies of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems – these can occur in the spine or in the extremities. Chiropractors are also highly trained in nutritional, lifestyle and dietary counseling. In addition to laboratory tests, your chiropractor may also order and interpret x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and other imaging.
In conjunction with an accurate diagnosis made with a history, physical exam, orthopedic tests, and necessary imaging, joint mobilization and manipulation are two very effective ways your chiropractor can reduce pain and restore function. Most often, a joint manipulation is a high velocity and low amplitude thrust that is applied increase range of motion and promote muscle relaxation. Additionally, research has demonstrated that joint manipulation promotes the release internal chemical mediators that help decrease pain. Additional modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, light therapies, and myofascial release may be applied. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center.