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Injuries can cause pain that can turn into serious problems if not treated properly. It’s key to address any lingering pain promptly to help rectify it. Chiropractic care can reduce pain and help you recover. Starting treatment with a chiropractor can be an important step to feeling better. Before you seek care, it’s important to know what a chiropractor does, and perhaps more importantly, erase some myths about chiropractic care.
Myth: Adjustments only treat neck and back pain
A common misperception about chiropractic care is that it only treats neck and back pain. This is not true. Yes, a chiropractor can provide treatment and remedies for this type of pain, but it’s not the only area in which they specialize. Chiropractic care can help relieve pain in nearly every part of the body and patients can use it to remedy physical pain as well as problems like poor sleep and reflux. Chiropractic care should be thought of as a whole-body treatment method.
Myth: Chiropractors are less qualified
Another myth about chiropractors is that they are less qualified to treat pain. In reality, they are very qualified to practice the area of medicine in which they specialize. Just as a brain surgeon isn’t trained to do heart surgery, a chiropractor isn’t trained to specialize in dermatology. But he or she is highly qualified to practice in their given space. Chiropractors, like medical doctors, have to complete a specific education program. All have a doctorate degree on top of an undergraduate degree, and have to pass national and state board tests to receive their licenses. In addition to classroom training, chiropractors also receive hands-on shadowing experience as part of their certification.
Myth: Chiropractic care is dangerous
Some people believe that chiropractic care is more dangerous than other types of treatment. The reality is, there are always some inherent risks with any type of medical treatment. Chiropractic care is less invasive than surgeries and doesn’t have many of the side effects that come from taking certain medicines. Like any treatment, though, there still can be some side effects following chiropractic adjustments including fatigue and temporary discomfort, and some people with certain conditions may be more at risk.
Myth: Chiropractic care is expensive
There is a belief among some that chiropractic care is more expensive than other treatment types. However, this isn’t true. Treatment in general can be expensive, but if you compare the cost of visiting a chiropractor to visiting a doctor, typically the former will save you money. Chiropractic care can also help you save money down the road and prevent you from expensive invasive treatment, medication plans, and long-term physical therapy. Also, like all treatment types, chiropractic care can be covered by insurance in some cases to help save you money.
Knowing the truth and getting better
Physical pain and injuries will be a reality at some point in your life. Getting the right treatment and recovery should also be an actuality. Knowing how a chiropractor can help you feel yourself again can drive you to choose a treatment plan that is best for you. Make sure you know the myths about chiropractic care. It’s an all-encompassing treatment type that is generally more safe and less expensive than other options.
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