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Physical Therapy vs Chiropractic Treatment

After an auto accident, you should seek treatment to alleviate any pain you may experience. In addition to receiving standard medical treatment, you may want to receive complimentary treatment to expedite your recovery. For example, if your pain localizes in your neck, shoulders, or back you may want to start treating with a chiropractor, or physical therapist. 

What is Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractors treat your musculoskeletal system which influences your mobility and provides protection to your internal organs. When a traumatic event occurs, like a car accident, your musculoskeletal system may sustain damage. A chiropractor can make targeted adjustments and realign your spine and joints; also targeting deep muscle tissue, and tendons providing almost instant pain relief. The conditions which chiropractors can treat include:  

  • Sciatica
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Car accident injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic headaches

During treatment, the chiropractor will evaluate your injuries, looking for spinal or muscular misalignments that may be putting excess pressure on your nerves, causing pain; then they will devise a treatment plan. However, chiropractic treatment should not replace conventional medical treatment, as it is a supplementary treatment.

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment

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Chiropractic treatment may vary from session to session, as the chiropractor seeks to remedy the most prevalent pain; many chiropractic patients report almost instantaneous pain relief. Additionally, there is very little risk associated with chiropractic adjustments.

What is Physical Therapy?

Also known as Physiotherapy, or simply as PT; physical therapy is a broad term applied to treatments that aim to rehabilitate the body’s mobility and strength. Unlike chiropractic treatment, physical therapy does not take a targeted approach but is more general in nature. Physical therapists diagnose physical abnormalities in their patients and aid in the restoration of the patient’s mobility and range of motion. They can also identify health risks and help their patients prevent, or work through, them. 

Physical Therapists Can Treat Several Conditions Including:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Surgical Recovery
  • Disease Recovery (ex: stroke)
  • Decreasing Mobility (due to age)

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy will consist of several routine treatments, as the focus of PT is wellness over time. Your body will become stronger through physical therapy as you build muscle; preventing future injury. 

Chiropractic Care vs Physical Therapy 

Chiropractors and physical therapists, for the most part, possess the same level of education. The main difference between PT and chiropractic treatments is the approach taken by each health professional. Generally, chiropractors provide specific and targeted treatments in order to meet the patient’s most pressing needs. Conversely, a physical therapist will devise a treatment plan based on the overall condition of the patient.

Additionally, chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders relating to the spine and joints; with a particular interest in how the joints influence the nervous system. Comparatively, physical therapy focuses on how the body performs as a whole. Like chiropractors, physical therapists may engage in hands-on or manual therapy; unlike chiropractors, they may also prescribe at-home workouts. 

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