The relationship between chiropractors and medical doctors can sometimes be a rocky one, but it seems that the medical community is coming around. The American College of Physicians, which represents all primary care doctors, recently revised their recommendations about treating back pain. They now suggest using non drug therapies like yoga, acupuncture, and chiropractic before turning to medications. I don’t believe that chiropractic is better than traditional medicine, but there is a time and place for each. Aside from broken bones and soft tissue tears, many physical ailments can be best addressed with a hands on therapy, like chiropractic. These hands on therapies have a much lower risk of creating complications and a much higher success rate.
Here are some of the highlights of the Consumer Reports survey. They asked 3,562 people about the effectiveness of different types of therapy in treating their back pain. http://www.consumerreports.org/back-pain/new-thinking-on-how-to-relieve-back-pain/
Here’s what they said:
Physical therapy- 75%
Primary Care Doctor- 64%