Physical Therapy vs. Chiropractic

If you are wondering whether physical therapy or chiropractic is right for you, we can help you decide which may be better. In terms of education, clinicians of both have similar requirements for their respective fields. Both also need to pass a board or licensing exam. Both physical therapists and chiropractors can help patients who are suffering from chronic back, shoulder or neck pain. They can help correct nerve, muscle and spine issues in non-invasive ways. They both work to help to improve the overall functions of the body, but there are differences in the approach and technique they each take.

What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors work with the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, cartilage, joints, muscles and tendons. They perform adjustments as necessary for spine subluxations. They first perform X-rays on their patients and use the results to address any perceived issues.

Chiropractors can help treat a number of illnesses including:

  1. Sciatica pain
  2. Chronic headaches
  3. Sports injuries
  4. Car accident injuries

Treatment plans usually require the patient to come in several times a week for either a number of weeks or months.

What do Physical Therapist’s do?

The primary goal of the physical therapist is to create a treatment plan that helps to ultimately empower the patient to care for themselves. They work with the body to gain strength and mobility through rehabilitation care. The treatment may include the spine but is not limited to it. Depending on the condition and care needed, a physical therapist will create an individualized care plan to help improve the health of the patient. This can include spine mobilization, exercises for flexibility and strength and training on body mechanics. The ultimate end goal is to alleviate the pain and stop it from reoccurring. Physical Therapy can help with a number of conditions including but not limited to:

  1. Surgery recovery
  2. Sports injuries
  3. Mobility in aging adults
  4. Recovery from diseases including stroke or multiple sclerosis

The number of treatments necessary depend on the needs of the patient.

Cornerstone Rehab specializes in rehab managements services for long-term facilities providing skilled clinicians including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants and speech pathologists. To learn more about the differences between physical and occupation therapy click here. To join our team, click here.