What is chiropractic care’s current role in our health care systems? A large majority of the population will first visit their primary care doctor when they have a flare up of pain. Primary care doctors work as the “gate keepers” for the rest of the health care system. They decide whether your pain is severe enough to refer you to a specialist such as a neurologist, orthopedist, physical therapist, or chiropractors. So what role can chiropractors play in helping patients? Chiropractors can treat a variety of pain conditions including: strained muscles of the neck and low back, chronic neck pain, chronic low back pain, arthritis, tension headaches, and migraines to name a few. Most of these conditions are treated by the medical community with a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, or pain relievers. Chiropractors offer a drug-free alternative to pain relief. This can be especially important for patients with chronic pain. Patients with chronic pain, or pain lasting for months at a time may continue to take anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers daily. There can be serious side effects to taking pain medications consistently over long periods of time. These side effects include but are not limited to: abdominal issues, dependency, liver damage, and GI issues. By referring a patient to a chiropractor, the patient has the opportunity to decrease pain, increase flexibility, and improve long term spine health through movement, deep tissue muscle therapies, and spinal manipulation. This not only allows the body to recover naturally, but can also prevent flare ups of pain in the future. Improvement following treatment can occur as early as the first session for less severe acute pain injuries, and up to a few months of care with more severe/chronic conditions.
There is a place for chiropractors in the health care system, and it is to complement what is already in place. Our goal at Rochester ChiroTherapy is to give people an option that does not include medication for pain relief. Getting our patients on a healthy path that will help their bodies feel better faster, and for longer periods is something every doctor can be on board with.
If you have any questions about chiropractors in Rochester, NY do not hesitate to reach out by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 585-678-1153.
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