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Knowledge Base: Orthopedic Chiropractor
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What Is The Difference Between Chiropractic And Orthopedic Doctors?
Doctors of Chiropractic are the only health professionals trained to treat spinal misalignment. Since the spine carries nerves and blood vessels that impact the health of muscles, ligaments, and tendons, chiropractic adjustments to the spine treat many orthopedic conditions.
Our office provides many of the same services you would expect at the orthopedic clinic, like in office digital X-rays and training in corrective exercise. We also offers vital wellness advantages you will not find at most orthopedic clinics such as expert nutrition advice, lifestyle counseling, and preventive spine screening.
Orthopedic physicians provide medical treatment. They are the specialist you need if you have torn ligaments or tendons, broken bones, or an underlying condition that requires medication.
When you do not need medical attention, experts agree that orthopedic specialists can confidently refer many neck and back cases to a chiropractor.
When you visit for the first time, we will provide a thorough evaluation of your condition. If your medical history and diagnostic screening indicate the need for medical treatment, we will work with you to find a trusted orthopedic specialist, collaborate in your treatment plan, and get you back on the road to wellness.
What Orthopedic Conditions Are Treated By Chiropractic Adjustment?
Our team has expertise in multiple types of chiropractic techniques that can be used to treat many orthopedic conditions, relieving pain caused by:
Upper back and neck pain
Lower back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Shoulder pain and frozen shoulder
What Can I Expect At My First Visit To Your Office?
Our first priority is always to relieve your pain, but first we need to get your medical history. Then we will talk with you and conduct a thorough chiropractic examination. Depending on your problem and treatment goals, we may order orthopedic tests, X-rays, or other diagnostic procedures. After our team finishes this initial examination and obtains test results, we will recommend a treatment plan.
The American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ABCO) defines chiropractic orthopedics (also spelled orthopaedic), in part, as “the branch of chiropractic medicine that includes the continued acquisition of knowledge relative to both normal functions and diseases of the body as they relate to the bones in hands, joints, capsules, discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, their complete neurological components, referred organ systems and contiguous tissues.” Not at all like some less then lovingly referred to as a bone doctor. A chiropractic orthopedist treats musculoskeletal problems without using drugs or surgery like a typical doctor or surgeon.
Of course, all chiropractors are specialists in treating the musculoskeletal system without the need for things like shoulder, knee and hip replacements. However, a chiropractor who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO) or who is a Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) has more extensive training in the subject than other chiropractors. A board certified chiropractic orthopedic specialist is committed to extensive ongoing education in the treatment and management of a wide array of orthopedic conditions that may require the use of advanced techniques for adults and children (known as pediatric).
DABCO/DACO specialists can treat acute problems such as sports injuries and occupational injuries, as well as chronic musculoskeletal problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia and scoliosis. A chiropractic orthopedist has specialized knowledge of the muscles, bones, cartilage, joints, tendons, ligaments, other connective tissue and nerve structures. A DABCO/DACO specialist is trained in ordering and interpreting advanced diagnostics such as x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), DEXA scanning, diagnostic ultrasound and nuclear medicine studies to determine the nature of your problem and how it can best be treated. They are extremely proficient in both sports medicine and pediatric care.
He or she may use a number of different non-invasive techniques to return a patient to wellness, including manual manipulation, physiologic therapeutics such as massage, nutrition, joint supports, infrared, electric muscle stimulation, orthotics, corrective devices, therapeutic exercise and other rehabilitative protocols.
To become certified as a DABCO/DACO specialist, a Doctor of Chiropractic must complete a three- to four-year post-graduate training program and pass a rigorous written and clinical exam. He or she must also meet continuing education requirements in chiropractic orthopedics in order to qualify for periodic recertification every few years.
It is common for DABCO/DACO specialists to treat joint, nerve and muscle pain in the neck, shoulders, back, elbows, wrists and knees. If you or someone you care about has been suffering from a musculoskeletal problem, a DABCO/DACO specialist may be able to treat the problem in a way that avoids the risks associated with drugs and surgery. To learn more, please call or visit our office!
Do not wait until your orthopedic problems turn into severe pain and disability. Come in for a consultation with our specialists before symptoms appear. A spinal assessment and chiropractic adjustment can help prevent orthopedic conditions from developing.