Why do so many doctor's strongly recommend not going to a Chiropractor? Is it because of competition or because they think they will do damage? I'm having back pains and wanted to do some research before deciding what route I will be taking.
Depends on who you talk to. The people who've been helped by chiros will encourage you, those who haven't had any success or have had a bad experience will tell you to avoid chiros.
These are two healthcare practitioner groups with quite different training/education and philosophies. Chiros believe that mechanical manipulation is usually all that's needed, orthopedic surgeons believe that mechanical manipulation is just a quick, temporary fix [at best] that ignores a more fundamental problem.
Have you considered a physiotherapist? They're about half-way along this spectrum, they perform some of the same manipulations as chiros [plus teach you to manage your condition, unlike chiros] and work alongside orthopedists.
There are clinical studies looking into the relative merits of both approaches, if you're interested in doing some research on this for yourself.
It started as historical competitive for turf, credibility, dominance of the health field, etc., I think.
Many more insurance companies are covering chiropractic treatment nowadays, so that says something about their effectiveness, in general.
On the down side, mention chiropractors to my brother-in-law the lawyer, for example, and he rolls his eyes in disgust because too many of them will testify in disability claims cases where no M.D. would.
it's funny that you ask i saw a program on what medical practices really work. They say that they did studies on the spine and with chiropra--whatever you can't reposition the spine. and there is a flaw when in the was they tell you that one leg is longer then the other. they said to many can fool you into thinking they are doing something when they are not. that the Cracking sound is not repositioning it is 'gas'/air being released.
i don't know if it's true my mom went in for a really bad arm she could hardly move. she said after serveral sessions she was able to move it and everytime she came out feeling utterly relax.
plus you have to go to someone who knows what they are doing.
You could also see an D.O. this is a Dr. with a
regular medical degree and all the training to do
manipulations that a chiropractor does. They are
Doctors of Osteopathy. I prefer them because they
have the knowledge of a Dr. and are less likely
to want to do surgery like an orthepedic surgeon.