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Spine Specialist vs Chiropractor

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
This topic comes up very often. The best way to provide answers to this is to explain what each one specialisses in


A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.
Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain.

What is a chiropractor?
Chiropractor Diagnosis
Chiropratic services beyond adjustments
Chirporactic Videos

Spinal Specialist

A spine specialist is a health professional who focuses mainly on treating spine conditions. Common specialists include chiropractors, physiatrists, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management physicians, anesthesiologists, and many rheumatologists and neurologists. Selection of the most appropriate type of health professional—or team of professionals—largely depends on the nature, severity, and duration of a patient’s symptoms.


Follow that above link and you will then have links to endless amount of articles dealing with all types of spinal specialists.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • But a chiropractor is what started my long history of back problems. I went to one for a pinched nerve in my shoulder blade. He "cracked" me and I couldn't get out of bed the next day. I went back to him and he cracked me again. I was bedridden for over a month until I went to the hospital where they put me in traction for a few days. It eased up enough where I could go back to work. I'm about to have my third lumbar surgery and I blame most of it on that chiropractor.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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