Should I see a doctor or chiropractor for lower back pain?

Who is best to see for lower back pain?

If you are referred to a specialist for chronic back pain, it will likely be to one of the following:

  • Physiatrist. …
  • Physical therapist. …
  • Anesthesiologist (pain management) …
  • Rheumatologist. …
  • Spine surgeon.

Can a chiropractor diagnose lower back pain?

With chiropractic diagnosis of a nerve root problem causing sciatica and/or non-specific causes of low back pain, chiropractors typically describe the symptoms experienced on the following scale: Acute (symptoms lasting less than 6 weeks)

Should I see a chiropractor or doctor first?

You do not need to see a GP before making an appointment, but it’s best to speak to them for advice first. They can let you know about other treatments that might help, and can advise you if chiropractic is suitable for you.

How do you know when back pain is serious?

When you should go to the ER for back pain

If your back pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, head to your closest emergency room because you could be dealing with a more serious condition or injury: Sudden spike in pain, discomfort, weakness or numbness. Loss of bladder function. High fever.

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Why do doctors not like chiropractors?

Historically, the medical associations have demonstrated resentment to any other community treating the ill. So first and foremost, it started out as a turf war. Secondarily, Medical Doctors don’t really understand what Chiropractors do, as they were not trained in spinal manipulation techniques.

When should you not go to the chiropractor?

Certain types of Chiropractic Adjustments should be avoided for the following physical contraindications: Severe osteoporosis, cancer in the spine or spinal abnormalities. Numbness, tingling, or loss of strength in an arm(s) or leg(s) An increased risk of stroke or have had strokes.

Can I go straight to a chiropractor?

If you are hurt at work, you can go straight to an authorized chiropractic for treatment. The WCB does not require you to see a medical doctor first. A chiropractor can submit assessment information to the WCB for review and to determine if your claim has been accepted.

Can chiropractic adjustments make back pain worse?

When you get an adjustment, your vertebrae are being moved slightly. Your muscles have to adapt to the movement of the bone, so they may end up lengthening or shortening slightly, which can lead to soreness. The soreness is related to the movement of the bones and not to the pressure utilized by the chiropractor.

What are the risks of going to a chiropractor?

Serious complications associated with chiropractic adjustment are overall rare, but may include:

  • A herniated disk or a worsening of an existing disk herniation.
  • Compression of nerves in the lower spinal column.
  • A certain type of stroke after neck manipulation.
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