Many people are curious about chiropractic care and are searching for information about whether this treatment approach can help address their physical issues and resulting discomfort or pain. The majority of information presented on chiropractic care is positive in nature and focuses on the power of this approach to help people regain full and proper bodily function. However, other accounts suggest that chiropractic care isn't your best option. Faced with conflicting information, many people are uncertain about how chiropractic care works and whether it is a treatment option that they should pursue. The team at Superior Healthcare Physical Medicine would like to share some insight into the matter.
When is Chiropractic Care the Preferred Approach?
Let's be clear: traditional medicine has a number of essential applications, and is the best course of action under certain circumstances. When a person has sustained a catastrophic bodily injury, the emergency room is the place to go and traditional medicine is the path to take. Broken bones, internal injuries, uncontrollable bleeding and other types of emergency care are matters that should be addressed in a hospital setting.
However, the pain that most people deal with is not connected to a catastrophic injury but is instead the result of various lesser injuries, misalignment of the spine or problems affecting the central nervous system. It is these conditions that chiropractic care is best suited to address. Chiropractors go through a rigorous education process to learn all aspects of human anatomy, and how the systems of the body function in harmony to promote wellness. They use state-of-the-art technology to identify areas of concern and implement treatments that are firmly anchored in both science and longstanding medical traditions.
What are the Risks of Chiropractic Care?
As with any treatment approach, there are risks associated with chiropractic care. Those risks, however, have been deemed minor in nature. The most common side effect of chiropractic treatment is localized stiffness or soreness near the area that was treated.
What are the Risks of a Medical Approach?
It should also be noted that there are serious side effects related to traditional medical approaches. Surgical intervention brings a variety of risks, including infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, surgical errors and more. When prescription drugs are used to mask pain, a number of ill effects can follow. The opioid epidemic seems to come up in the news daily and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the abuse of these prescriptions is the leading cause of accidental death in the country. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) have been linked to causing serious gastrointestinal problems, like hemorrhaging and perforation. In short, there are side effects associated with all approaches to pain relief. Individuals have to choose a course of action that is in line with their individual needs.
At Superior Healthcare Physical Medicine, we offer a wide range of chiropractic treatment options and can address a number of different conditions. We invite you to contact our office to learn more, or to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about the safety or efficacy of chiropractic care.