Chiropractic treatment has been proven to help millions of patients around the world suffering from back pain and other chronic conditions. Despite this, myths and skepticism still surround the viability of chiropractic treatment. Today we are going to address and debunk some of the most common myths surrounding the chiropractic profession.
You Need X-Rays Before Starting Treatment
Imaging studies like x-rays and MRI's are not necessary before starting chiropractic care. Research has shown that taking routine x-rays before starting treatment does not affect outcomes of treatment. If there are any red flags in your medical history or physical exam, you may be referred out for imaging. In most cases, pain is due to multiple factors (stress, overuse, lack of exercise..etc) and is not structural. Therefore, we may have a normal x-ray and still have pain.
Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt
For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. Mild discomfort may be felt if the patient has had a recent trauma, such as whiplash, due to inflammation. However, many patients report a feeling of relief, calmness, and a sense of well being after the adjustment; others feel improved mobility and less tension.
Once You See A Chiropractor You Have To Keep Going
This is false. Based on the initial exam and history of the injury, a diagnosis will be made. The treatment plan is then developed in collaboration with the patient according to their needs and goals. The treatment plan will recommend a number of initial visits to see if the patient responds to care and scheduled re-evaluations. Depending on the patient and the condition, the recommended course of care may vary. Ultimately, the decision to continue care is yours. As a patient, if you have questions or concerns about care, you should feel comfortable to ask your chiropractor for more information on the recommendations made and address any concerns. The care plan should be part of a shared decision making between the patient and practitioner.
Chiropractors Can Only Treat Back Pain
Chiropractors are trained in assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing biomechanical disorders that originate from the muscular, skeletal and nervous system. In addition to the evidence that supports chiropractic care in managing musculoskeletal complaints of the spine, there is also evidence that it supports chiropractic management of the extremities, headaches and even the jaw. Chiropractors are also able to provide lifestyle counseling about nutrition, fitness and ergonomics among others that may be useful in managing or preventing a variety of conditions. The health of your musculoskeletal system doesn’t just start with a healthy spine, you need to be fully aware of your health to maintain a well-rounded healthy lifestyle!