If you’re suffering from acute or chronic back pain whether it’s been caused by an injury or some type of medical condition, chances are, you’re interested in finding relief as quickly as possible but you may be confused as to which kind of doctor you should you see, a Chiropractor or a Physical Therapist? Different types of doctors tend to approach their work in particular ways because of basic differences in their training and clinical experience. 

  This means that it’s worthwhile for a back pain patient to understand at least a little bit about how a clinician’s chosen discipline can influence his or her perspective and priorities when it comes to treatment.

Depending on the circumstances, your primary care doctor may recommend a chiropractor or a physical therapist. Some cases may also benefit from a multidisciplinary or integrated care approach that draws on the expertise of multiple specialists. Many people get confused about the differences between a chiropractor and a physical therapist. While the two are somewhat related in the conditions and injuries they treat, they are separate and distinct areas of treatment.

The most obvious difference between chiropractors and physical therapists is many chiro’s utilize some form of manipulation and adjustments to treat issues and injuries associated with the spine, whereas Physical Therapist utilize stretches, exercises, and hands on manual physical therapy to balance muscle issues, flexibility, range-of-motion problems and treat injuries not only associated with the spine but associated to the entire musculoskeletal system such as neck, jaw, shoulders, elbows, ribs, and knees. Physical therapists may also utilize joint mobilization as part of the treatment for the patient in front of them.

The biggest difference between chiropractic and physical therapy is that Physical Therapy is meant to help patients recover, and learn how to prevent injuries in the future. By contrast, often times chiropractic adjustments must be performed by a chiropractor again and again.

At Advanced Physical Therapy Specialists, our physical therapist Jeremy Wehking, has been treating patients with all kinds of injuries from chronic back pain to foot pain for the last 14 years.

We work very differently from most clinics where you have 5 patients squeezed into one time slot and are treated by aids and assistants, put on countless machines and barely get 10 minutes with the actual specialist.

At Advanced Physical Therapy Specialists, you’ll get a full hour of one on one, hands on manual physical therapy, and you will be treated with quality, personalized care.

We offer direct access to physical therapy, so you can set up an appointment even if you don’t have a prescription from your physician. We offer a free consultation with our Physical Therapist where he will evaluate and examine you to see what’s causing your pain. We then can let you know ahead of time exactly what your treatment plan will entail and allow you to decide if this is the best decision for your health without any commitment. Call (305)433-1172 or visit www.advancedpts.com now to schedule your free consultation.