What about chiropractic? I don’t think a day goes by without my encountering this question — and it’s a good one! Patients will often make comments to me like, “I know you surgeons don’t like chiropractors, but….”
Fortunately, that’s just not true. For years, I have believed that chiropractors — just like physical therapists, surgeons, massage therapists, primary care providers, and acupuncturists — play a vital role in the care of patients’ spines. Now we have great evidence that their care is better than many other things, like medications or surgery, for some conditions! A recent article explains that for neck sprains and activity-related neck pain or muscle spasms (the classic “Doc, I woke up with a crick in my neck” problem), chiropractic care is better at alleviating symptoms than medications or shots, and certainly better than surgery.
So go for it! Go see your chiropractor, with my permission. They are part of the team! Just remember that if it’s not working, it’s time to move on. Come see us at the Spine Center if you’re unsure and we’ll help you find an appropriate path to spine wellness.