There have been rumors going around for quite some time that regular visits to a chiropractor are unsafe. While chiropractors are doctors, we do not attend medical school and therefore are not considered Medical Doctors (MDs). For this reason, many people believe that there is no benefit to seeing a chiropractor or that we are fake doctors. Others feel that seeing someone who is not an MD for any health issues is not sound for safety reasons. I’d like to put those rumors to rest.
SoCal Neck and Back has been awarded the Top Chiropractors award by Los Angeles Magazine in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 for our excellence in care. There are many benefits to seeing a chiropractor regularly and far less risk than seeing an MD. Chiropractors offer non-invasive and drug-free remedies for pain and ailments associated with the spine. Many chiropractic offices also have an in-house masseuse. At SoCal Neck and Back we have a highly qualified staff of three certified massage therapists to suit your needs.
WHAT DO CHIROPRACTORS DO?
Chiropractors manipulate the spine through movements of hand and body, sometimes using the aid of deep tissue massage tools or muscle stimulation tools. Chiropractors can also treat neuromuscular disorders. All of the care provided by a chiropractor to your back and neck is through a controlled force of applied adjustment to the spine. Treatments are quick, making them less stressful than your typical doctor visit where you can end up waiting a significant amount of time past your scheduled appointment.
Evidence of the difference in risk and safety can be further validated through the comparison of malpractice costs varying doctors have to take on. For example:
Chiropractors - $1,500/year or less
Medical Doctors - $7,500/year and up
Surgeons - $35,000/year and up
Studies have found chiropractic manipulation of the neck and back to be quite safe. No medical assessment is without risk, hence the massive difference in a patient’s needs and the level of risk a doctor will perform per the malpractice insurance figure above. Based on this alone, there is a much higher risk associated with the medical approach. Chiropractors get a lot of pushback in the medical field because our practice is a holistic one.
While there continue to be ethical controversies surrounding our profession, the benefits are there. According to a study by PainScience, “spinal adjustment for acute low back pain has long been regarded as the best example of evidence-based care routinely offered by chiropractors”. Spinal manipulation has been proven to be the best method of short-term relief for lower back pain. Chiropractors can also adjust your ribs, pelvis, knees, and wrists. If you’re unsure, send us a message today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions and address your concerns. We look forward to seeing you at SoCal Back and Doctor. Call or Text Us Now at 323-375-5147.