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Are Florida Chiropractors Doctors?
Yes, Chiropractors are doctors, known as DC’s, who have been treating back pain, neck pain, and extremity pain for over 100 years with excellent results in a nonoperative fashion. Becoming a Florida chiropractor requires 4 years of intensive training after college along with three different National Board exams AND the State Board exam!
How Popular is Chiropractic Treatment?
At any one point in time, approximately 12% of the US population is under the care of a chiropractor. That’s over 35 million people! Surveys have shown that well over 80% of patients are satisfied with their chiropractic treatment. There are approximately 53,000 chiropractors in the US. Most states now require insurance companies to cover chiropractor treatments because they are so effective.
Chiropractic treatment has become much more mainstream over the past decade. Systematic reviews of chiropractic treatment have shown effectiveness for back pain. The profession combines aspects from mainstream and alternative medicine.
What treatments do Florida Chiropractors provide?
Most chiropractors Florida do more than simply spinal manipulations. While spinal adjustments are the cornerstone of treatment, Florida chiropractors typically also include manual therapies to the joints and soft tissues, rehabilitation and physical therapy type exercises, TENS Units, electrical modalities (such as interferential treatment), ice, heat, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, massage, acupuncture, and Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Also, some chiropractors use manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) as a last resort for patients in an attempt to avoid surgery. Overall Florida chiropractic treatment is generally safe when employed appropriately and skillfully.
Chiropractors are educated in the diagnosis and correction of spinal misalignments. These are called subluxations and may be the cause of pain, muscle spasm or sciatica. Correcting the misalignment often allows patients significant pain relief.
Here are some of the musculoskeletal problems that are often treated by chiropractors in Florida:
- Back pain, neck pain, and extremity pain
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Sports injuries
- Auto accidents
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also called Sympathetically Maintained Pain (SMP)
- Disc Herniations and Disc Dulges
- Failed Back Surgery and neck surgery
There are multiple types of adjustment techniques performed by chiropractors. Diversified Technique (full spine manipulation), Activator Technique (spring loaded tool), Gonstead, Cox flexion-distraction, Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Technique, and Applied Kinesiology.
I was in a car accident and my back and neck hurt. Should I see a chiropractor in Florida?
After a car accident, people often end up in significant pain right away or it may be days later after the “adrenaline” wears off. Once broken bones and significant neurologic problem are ruled out, it is very common to seek relief from a Florida chiropractic doctor. Why?
The main reason is the treatments are so successful. Between the spinal adjustments and other treatments such as electrical stimulation and PT, patients are often able to get out of pain and back into life quickly. Chiropractors have many more treatments available today than ever before. Such as spinal decompression therapy, acupuncture, manipulation under anesthesia, and close relationships with pain management doctors in Florida.