Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

When you’re in pain, you want relief. Should you see a chiropractor or a physical therapist? The answer lies in understanding how these two forms of care are similar, as well as how they are very different.

Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy Similarities

Both chiropractic care and physical therapy are provided by health care professionals who have undergone specific courses of training such as orthopedics and neurology. They both help treat injuries that may deal with your skeletal system (usually from an accident, such as a slip and fall or auto injury), normal aging, or problems that can occur due to overuse (which is oftentimes the case in work-related injuries).

Both try to restore full use and function to a specific area of the body (the injured or restricted part) through non-invasive treatments. Both take into account your functional movement, posture, and lifestyle habits contributing to your pain. Both have been shown to be effective for musculoskeletal conditions for musculoskeletal injuries.

Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy Differences

The main difference between chiropractic care and physical therapy is the approach. A physical therapist attempts to strengthen the affected muscles through specific exercises and stretches. They may also use electrical stimulation therapy and ultrasound therapy to jumpstart healing. Chiropractic treatment focuses on adjusting misaligned joints in the spine or other areas of the body to relieve pressure on any pinched nerves and alleviate pain. This ensures that your spine is aligned so that all of your body’s systems can work as effectively as possible. Chiropractors may also use spinal decompression therapy, nutritional counseling, and exercise rehabilitation to assist in treatment.

How They Work Together

What would happen if you combined chiropractic and physical therapy? That's exactly what Dr. Russell does.  You get the best of both worlds, so you can rest assured you're in good hands.

Some injuries or conditions can affect multiple areas of your body and/or include your spine, muscles, and joints. So, engaging in regular chiropractic care in addition to physical therapy may be the key to getting and keeping your body in good health.

Since they are different practices, don’t rule chiropractic care out if you aren’t finding the relief that you expected from your physical therapy. Sometimes a different approach is all that is needed to get you pain-free.

Call Dr. Russell at Advanced Spine & Rehabilitation in Henderson, NV and make an appointment to see how he can help you feel your best!