What’s the Difference Between Chiropractic vs. Physical Therapy

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If you are dealing with aches, pains, or injuries, you may not be too sure about who you should contact. The lines between a Chiropractor and a Physical Therapist often get blurred — especially since they can usually be found working together. 


So, what’s the difference between chiropractic care and physical therapy? Let’s find out.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is often sought by those who are in pain. Things like back pain, neck pain, and headaches can greatly decrease one’s quality of life. And chronic pain makes the decline even more severe. Chiropractors work to reduce this pain without the use of medicine or surgery. 


It is believed that spine alignment can lead to whole-body health. For instance, misalignment can lead to things like nerve damage and inflammation that will progressively get worse if not addressed. That’s why chiropractors perform adjustments to realign misaligned spines. It, in a sense, puts everything in its place and encourages the body to recover and heal.


Conditions Chiropractic Care Treats

Chiropractors treat a wide range of conditions, most of which result in some level of pain. Where this pain stems from can vary. For instance, it may be due to stress, accidents, injuries, poor posture, and more. Some of the most common ailments that present themselves to a chiropractor are: 

Though chiropractors offer a large range of treatment so the list of those conditions they treat are great.


Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has the goal of helping patients restore mobility that has been lost, whether through an accident, injury, illness, sport, or the like. It also helps patients to maintain their mobility — and prevent future injury or loss of mobility. 


Using a wide combination of different treatments, such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, cryotherapy, and more, physical therapists can work to promote healing and reduce the need for surgery or more in-depth treatment procedures.


Conditions Physical Therapy Treats

When it comes to physical therapy, there are so many ailments that can be treated, leaving the patient feeling much better. A few of the most common are: 


Better Together

When it comes to chiropractic vs. physical therapy, they are better together. Many who seek healing at a chiropractic center often find themselves with a treatment plan that includes the use of both chiropractic care and physical therapy. It has been found that a combination of both chiropractic adjustments with supporting treatment from physical therapists can lead to the greatest chance of overall healing.

Find the Treatment You Need at Stuart Spine Center

Our professional team at Stuart Spine Center offers a list of services that can promote healing. These include chiropractic care, physical therapy, nutrition and weight loss, pregnancy, and more. So whether you are dealing with pain, headaches and migraines, have suffered an injury, or something else, we’ve got a treatment option for you.  

Through our natural approach to your overall wellness, we want to offer you a comprehensive solution that will change your life. If you are ready to start feeling like yourself again, contact our office at (772) 286-1720 or reach out to us online.

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