One day while playing outdoor sports, you are left with a knee injury. In this case, you need to consult a healthcare professional for the injury and so you need to begin a search to find the best option to get a long-term relief from that injury. Now, the question arises, to whom you should consult for the treatment, an orthopedist or an orthopedic chiropractor. It is worth mentioning that each has its own benefits. Chiropractic care is best for certain injuries but it also has some limitations that can only be treated by an orthopedist.
Now first let us understand who chiropractors are and what they do to treat an injury? First of all, chiropractors are not healthcare doctors and they treat the symptoms without medications and surgery. Instead of surgery, chiropractors believe more in natural and hands-on treatment. They believe that body has its own healing system. For instance, if mobility to a certain body part is observed, chiropractors will manipulate that particular body part to regain mobility.
The cost of visiting an orthopedic chiropractor is comparatively very less than a visit to an orthopedist. Some chiropractors do not take any consultation charge on patient’s first visit. In comparison to an orthopedist, fixing an urgent appointment is extremely easy with the chiropractor. But to get long-term relief, a patient needs to visit the chiropractor’s clinic on a regular basis.
Orthopedists, on the other hand, are healthcare professionals. They have the specialization in treating the musculoskeletal system after a thorough examination. People do believe that orthopedists always recommend surgery for every problem but it is not totally true. Orthopedists only recommend surgery when there is no option left with them to offer relief to the patient. In case of an injury, orthopedists always give first preference to physical therapy while treating the patient. Orthopedists use the medical technologies like MRI Scans, X-Ray, etc., to figure out the real problem in the patient’s body. They also prescribe pain relief medication which is usually not prescribed by chiropractors in most cases.
Visiting a chiropractor or an orthopedist is totally on the decision of the patient. But, before thinking to visit a doctor, it is important for you to know what type of injury you have suffered from and on the basis of this information, select your healthcare doctor.
In a nutshell, if you want an immediate relief from the injury, the orthopedist will be your best option, but if you desire to have a long-term relief without any side-effects of medications, consult only to an orthopedic chiropractor.