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What is a Chiropractor?

Published Date: 
September 23, 2020
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A woman is getting a spinal exam from a chiropractor in Portland.

A chiropractor or chiropractic physician is a medical professional who is trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors treat patients of all ages—infants, children, and adults. They believe in a conservative (non-surgical) hands-on approach to treating these disorders. Chiropractors don’t hold medical degrees, so they aren’t medical doctors. They do have extensive training in chiropractic care and are licensed practitioners. Chiropractic care is used as an alternative to, or to complement, conventional medicine.

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor is an expert in the care of your bones, muscles, and nerves that constitute about 60% of the body. The theory behind chiropractic care is that proper alignment of the body's musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support. Chiropractic treatment is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.

What Can a Chiropractor Help With?

A doctor of chiropractic can help you with more than back pain. In addition to spinal manipulation and chiropractic care as treatment for acute low back pain, research has also shown chiropractic care to be helpful in treating neck pain, headaches, pinched nerve, osteoarthritis, and even fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both chiropractors.

What Ailments Can Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractic care is not limited to neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems. Apart from helping you with back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a pinched nerve, a chiropractor is also capable of treating whiplash, spinal osteoarthritis, short leg, piriformis syndrome, Myofascial pain, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia and cervicogenic headaches. This is why chiropractic care is usually recommended to those who are experiencing pain following an automobile accident.

If you’ve been in an automobile accident, or are just interested in how a chiropractor can help you, consider Accident Care Chiropractic. We are the Pacific Northwest’s most trusted name for auto-injury recovery, and have been voted as a top trusted clinic 10 years in a row! Check out our locations and contact us today.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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