What is chiropractic care?
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure of the spine and function of the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

Doctor of Chiropractic Care can treat patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. Most chiropractors are well known for treatment of back pain, neck pain, and headaches. They also are able to care for muscle, ligament, and joint injuries without the use of prescription medication.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic care is recognized as one of the safest drug-free solutions for injury. As with any medical treatment, no therapy is completely safe of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic care are statistically minimal.

Not only is chiropractic care statistically safer, but it’s also more effective than some conventional medicine. According to Spine.com, following work-related low back injury, patients who visited a chiropractor were nearly 30 times less likely (1.5 vs. 42.7%) to require surgery as compared to those who chose a surgeon as their first provider.

Always make sure you disclose as much medical history as possible to your care provider (including any current symptoms you might be experiencing). This will allow them to come up with the best treatment plan possible for you. 

Is pain medication more effective than chiropractic care?
Statistics provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services tell us that the majority of Americans believe it is.

As many as 1 in 5 people receive prescription opioids long-term for non cancer pain in primary care settings.
When you use narcotic pain medicine to treat acute pain, you are only masking the injury that is causing the pain. Immediate relief may happen quickly but, in the long term, the pain will remain until the injury or illness is resolved. If you are suffering from an injury or chronic pain, then medication is even more dangerous because of its risk of addiction.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there is a public health emergency declared due to the opioid crisis. This is because more than 130 die every day from an opioid drug overdose. In addition, 11.4 million Americans have misused prescription opioids according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Even more critically, 2 million people have just started misusing opioids in 2017 alone.

Conventional medication is also more costly than chiropractic care. According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, paid costs for episodes of care initiated with a chiropractor were almost 40% less than episodes initiated with an MD. Even after risk adjusting each patient's costs, episodes of care initiated with a chiropractor are 20% less expensive than episodes initiated with an MD.

The fact is, chiropractors treat pain with non-drug approaches – helping patients avoid serious side-effects such as mental fogginess and potential addiction.
How do I select the right Doctor of Chiropractic for me? 
The best way to select a chiropractor is by getting a referral from someone you know and trust. Before scheduling an initial consultation, you should also research the doctor’s website and online reviews to make sure they are a great fit for your healthcare needs.
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