By Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea

Low back pain?  Neck pain?  Shoulder pain?  Have you considered seeing a chiropractor for these problems? 

Chiropractors are licensed healthcare practitioners.  Chiropractors undergo several years of postgraduate training, after obtaining an undergraduate degree, in order to obtain their Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Training is similar to that for Doctors of Medicine; however, a much larger focus on radiology and muscle/skeletal courses and less focus on pharmacology.  Chiropractors can continue on to do Fellowships much like medicine, but the majority start practices immediately. 

Recent research has reported that 2.3 million people visit their primary care physician for a condition of muscle or skeletal origin.  Nine hundred thousand consult a specialist and four hundred thousand visit the emergency room.  This has become a large burden on our health system.  The physician, hospital and drug costs for muscle or skeletal conditions amount to $2.4 billion dollars annually.  Chiropractors can reduce theses costs and free-up emergency rooms, improving access for other conditions like infectious diseases and cardiovascular illnesses. 

Chiropractors do not have the ability to prescribe medication.  We do not have the training.  In fact, our philosophy with treatment is to use natural methods to heal the body, like using our hands to provide specific manipulations to the joints of the spine and extremities.  In addition, many chiropractors will prescribe exercise for treatment at home or office. 

Restoration of movement is our ultimate goal.  Chiropractors can keep you moving, avoiding the high cost of emergency room visits.  We want to help you move better and we will do this with a combination of muscle care and joint manipulation.  If you are suffering from an injury of muscle or skeletal origin, you need to call us for a great chiropractic experience.  We will provide you with the care and time to accurately diagnosis your specific problem and treat you with a high level of professionalism.  Book online at mmdchiropractic.ca or call us at number listed below.