Should Your Medical Doctor Send You to a Chiropractor?
In the past, chiropractic care has been controversial in the medical community and seen as an unproven method of pain relief. However, The American College of Physicians has now officially recognized chiropractic care as the first point of treatment for lower back pain.
This means medical doctors who have patients with low back pain are supposed to send their patients to a chiropractor before trying to treat pain with medicine!
The role of a chiropractor is to assess and remove physical, chemical, and emotional stress that makes patients unwell. The most basic practice of chiropractic treatment is applying a gentle controlled force to areas of the spine which are not moving well. This pressure helps relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and increase mobility in joints. Chiropractors also recommend yoga, acupuncture, nutrition plans, and exercise programs to further improve health.
The alternatives to chiropractic work are generally medicinal and are dangerous to patients’ long-term health. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs) are commonly used for pain. Patients who use NSAIDs are three times more likely to develop a bleeding GI ulcer than non-users. As patients reach the age of 60, they are actually six times more likely to develop a bleeding GI ulcer. Additionally, acetaminophen has been found to be no more effective in relieving pain than placebo treatments, and opioids are known to be extremely addictive and decrease in effectiveness the longer they are taken.
Dr. Sandra Doman opened the first doctor-supervised chiropractic and yoga center in the Greater Miami region in 2010 to provide safe, holistic care for patients experiencing joint, muscle and spinal pain.
To set up an initial consultation with Dr. Doman’s office in Aventura, please call us at 305-932-2218.