Chiropractors diagnose and treat a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous, and skeletal problems, especially the spine.
Chiropractors make use of conventional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and lab work, as well as specific procedures that involve manipulation by hand of various parts of the body. Chiropractors are best known for their ability to correct misalignments of the spine, which are called subluxations. But spinal manipulation is only a small part of what chiropractors do as part of an overall plan to manage and relieve pain and many kinds of ailments. Other kinds of treatments chiropractors are capable of providing include:
- Electro-Muscle Stimulation
- Ice Therapy (Cryotherapy)
- Superficial Heat
- Intersegmental Traction
- Interferential Electro-Therapy
The Journal of Family Practice published in 1992 listing “Guidelines for Identifying Competent a Chiropractor” to help MDs find chiropractors to whom they could feel confident referring their patients
Some of those guidelines are:
- Treats musculoskeletal disorders
- X-rays when necessary
- Written treatment plan
- Responds to a medical referral with an outline of evaluation and therapy
- Good feedback from patient on care given
As you can see, these qualifications are those needed for a multidisciplinary approach to your health.