The foundation of Chiropractic care is to help treat and maintain neruomusculoskeletal (nerves + muscles+ bones) health. But over the 100+ year Chiropractor have been healing and helping people all over the world some common untrue myths have surface.
Myth #1: Chiropractors Aren’t REAL Doctors.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. D.C. stands for doctor of chiropractic. This myth most likely stems from that fact that Chiropractors can’t prescribe medications. Unknown to most though, Chiropractors are primary care physicians. Meaning that Chiropractic Physicians can perform tests like chest, ear, and eye exams. Also they can order blood work for patients, and refer patients to specialists.
Myth #2: Chiropractic Care Is Dangerous.
Medical errors are responsible for injury in as many as one out of every 25 hospital patients and an estimated 48,000-98,000 patients die from medical errors each years. On the other hand, a serious adverse reaction from a Chiropractic cervical manipulation occurs in less than one in one million treatments. Chiropractic is a proven safe alternative form of healthcare.
Myth #3: Insurance Does Not Cover Chiropractic Care.
Most insurance plans cover Chiropractic care as a cost effective alternative vs. drugs and surgery. Most insurance plans require a form of conservative care, this includes chiropractic care , before considering surgery.
Myth #4: Back Pain Will Resolve On Its Own, There Is No Need For Chiropractic Care.
This stems from a misquote of a 1998 British study stating, “the majority of subjects (90%) consulting general practitioners ceased consulting them within three months, even though they continued to have pain and disability up to one year later”. One year of disability is not a resolution pain. Chiropractic care has been proven to reduce disability and shorten time of work missed due to low back pain.
Myth #5: Chiropractor’s Only Treat Back Pain And Headaches.
While chiropractic care is a long proven treatment of back pain and many types of headaches, these are just a small percentage of the conditions that benefit from chiropractic care. Asthma, knee pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, ear infections, high blood pressure, rotator cuff injuries, and sprained ankles are just a few conditions that benefit from a visit to a Chiropractor.
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