Which Is Better For Back Pain, Chiropractor Or Physical Therapy?

To begin with, Chiropractic Physicians are exactly that, Physicians. Physical therapists are not physicians, and in some states, a prescription from a medical doctor is necessary to be treated by one. As a Chiropractic Physician, I am able to see a patient as an initial gateway to their examination, diagnosis, and treatment of their condition. Chiropractic Physicians are also trained in nutrition, acupuncture, and physiotherapies to create a multi-dimentional, or holistic treatment plan that addresses the patient’s entire body, not just their muscles and joints. The big question, Chiropractor or Physical Therapy will be answered, please read on.

According to the research that follows, Chiropractic is better for conditions like, herniated discs, bulging discs, stenosis, neck pain, and more.

Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for

Acute and Subacute Neck Pain a study published in the Annals Of Internal Medicine in 2012, found this outcome.

Conclusion: For participants with acute and subacute neck pain,

SMT was more effective than medication in both the short and

long term.

A recent study, published in Dynamic Chiropractic, of 235 people with low back pain and leg pain that traveled to the lower leg revealed a clear result: The group was divided in to two study groups. One group received Chiropractic adjustments, adjustments using Cox Decompression. The second group did exercise and pursued physical therapy. Participants were followed for one year and completed periodic questionnaires to Chiropractor or PTassess their pain levels, dysfunction and progress.

While both groups reported improvements, the Chiropractic group reported significantly lower pain scores (less pain and improved function) than the the group that received Physical Therapy. The research author’s conclusion? Over the course of a year,  Cox decompression adjustments were found to be more effective in reducing low back pain and dysfunction than Physical Therapy. In this instance, Chiropractor or Physical therapy, Chiropractor is the choice.

There are countless studies done that support Chiropractic Manipulation over Physical Therapy. In some states, Physical Therapists can legally adjust the spine. Chiropractic and Osteopathic Physicians still have the best training to manipulate the spine and other joints. Although Osteopathic Physicians are also trained to manipulate the spine, Chiropractic Physicians are still the largest group of physicians who manipulate spines on a daily basis. Chiropractor or Physical Therapy? I think this has helped make the decision for Chiropractic.

For more questions on whether Chiropractic care is right for you, please call my office for a complementary 15 minute consultation.

Accurate Care Pain Relief Center

Leisa-Marie Grgula, D.C.

20235 N Cave Creek Rd. #110

Phoenix, AZ 85024