A chiropractor's role in keeping patients healthy

When pain is severe enough to seek the help of a chiropractor, the situation can be a serious one. The chiropractic profession has long been known as an alternative medicine that aims to ease disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and has proven successful for patients across the globe. Those in Florida who have turned to this form of health care can choose various types of treatment, depending on the ailment. 

Fortunately, most Floridians who receive chiropractic treatment come away with satisfied results. There are some, however, who have negative experiences and even more painful conditions after seeing a chiropractor. In these cases, legal action may be a necessary step.

Chiropractic Effectiveness

In an article that focuses on this practice, TIME magazine reflects on the legitimacy of chiropractors and addresses the stigma that can surround this type of health care. Some medical experts claim that going to a chiropractor, alongside standard medical care, can lead to better patient outcomes -- but that some chiropractors can make bold and inaccurate claims. Some claim they can cure ailments that exist outside the musculoskeletal system, and others even try to convince patients that they are doctors that can "cure all." Even worse, some patients can walk away from sessions with more injuries than they had to begin with; TIME refers to a study that found that 30 percent of chiropractic patients had an "adverse" reaction following their treatment. 

Chiropractor Honesty    

With all of the chiropractic practices in the United States, the process of finding a reliable doctor may seem daunting. The American Chiropractic Association shares that there are roughly 77,000 chiropractors in the country who must go under a series of board exams to continue their practices; about 3,000 chiropractors work in other roles, such as management. According to the ACA, these doctors treat an estimate of 35 million Americans annually. There is also an ACA Code of Ethics that all chiropractors must follow, and like most medical professions, chiropractic care must primarily focus on patient health, confidentiality and protection. And like most health care, there exist a natural set of risks for every medical procedure. 

   

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