Who should I see about my back pain, a chiropractor or an orthopedist?

Patients often ask if they can or should be seen by a chiropractor for the treatment of back pain. There have been a number of studies that show effective treatment of back pain by chiropractors. However, not all causes of back pain should be treated by a chiropractor. There are some conditions that should be identified and treated by an M.D. rather than a chiropractor.

Most cases of back pain can be effectively treated by a chiropractor. Chiropractors have been shown to be most effective at treating acute back pain. However, there are some conditions, potentially serious problems, which must be considered before initiating any treatment. Most of these conditions can be screened with a thorough history and physical examination.

The basic concepts of chiropractic care are as follows:

  • Chiropractic therapy is given with the goals of normalizing this relationship between structure and function, and assisting the body as it heals.
  • The body’s structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function are closely related, and this relationship affects health
  • The body has a powerful self-healing ability

Back Pain is the most common reason why people come to the chiropractor. Whether it’s intense throbbing from a migraine or constantly aching joints from arthritis, we all want the pain to go away — and fast!  Sometimes pain is a temporary condition that will go away on its own (like after a minor injury or after surgery). But sometimes the pain is an indicator of something more serious, and it won’t get better until it’s treated. It is important that you get it diagnosed correctly. A chiropractor will advise you on available treatment options for pain management because it is important that you receive all the information you need about potential treatments.