Difference Between Physical Therapy And Chiropractic

FAQ: What Is The Difference Between Physical Therapy And Chiropractic Care?

Here at Borja Physical Therapy, our world revolves around our patients’ needs! Our experienced and highly trained team is here to make recovery a reachable goal! We specialize in keeping you active. We empower your decision to self-heal the natural way, without relying on pain pills, injections or surgery. So, what is the difference between physical therapy and chiropractic care?

Difference Between Physical Therapy And Chiropractic

The Difference Between Physical Therapy And Chiropractic Care

Physical therapy and chiropractic care both aim to relieve pain and recover from an injury or health condition. However, there are many differences between the two. The biggest difference is their method of treatment.

Physical therapy focuses on joint alignment and movement patterns. They also look at imbalances and limitations in motion. They work to help restore movement. This involves treating the body as a whole. Typically, they will use stretches, exercises, and hands-on techniques. Their focus is to get people back to doing the things that they love.

Chiropractic care focuses on treating the spine and joints from mechanical disorders. They highlight proper alignment as well. Chiropractors use techniques to do adjustments that help the body heal itself. They often treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, joint pain, and neck pain. They work on correcting the spine in order to relieve pain.

Both treatments work very well when combined together. In fact, many people heal quicker when they do physical therapy and chiropractic treatments.

Communicating With Your Doctors

We pride ourselves on providing the highest of standards when it comes to patient care. This is why we continuously communicate with your doctor and other providers, like chiropractors.

They will start by asking questions about your injury or condition. Then they will ask how it happened, what movements cause pain, what activities you’re not able to do, and more. Next, they will ask about your past medical history. They will also look at any imaging reports that you may have. Then they will begin an assessment.

During the assessment, they will take measurements, such as range of motion and muscle strength. They will do testing and get other information related to your injury. Based on what they find, they will create a Plan Of Care for your recovery. They will also set goals for you to hit. 

The therapist will write their findings from the first visit and send them to your doctor. As you continue with therapy, they will send more updates as well. Click here to learn more about what to expect on your first visit.

After your first visit, the therapist will also create a home exercise program for you. These exercises are designed to safely strengthen your muscles. All without the risk of making your injury worse.

During the first few weeks, they will have you do only the home exercises. This will help them track your condition and the effectiveness of the exercises. It also helps them figure out what may be causing pain. Please let the therapist know if you are seeing a chiropractor so they can take that into account as well.

About The Author

Jaime Curl

I've explored many different fields within physical therapy, including acute care and oncology at Troy Beaumont Hospital, elementary through high school levels in the Troy School District, and outpatient physical therapy. As the office manager and marketer, I am able to combine my love for health and exercise science with my people skills, all with a dash of marketing and personal training. My hobbies include spending time with friends and family, baking, crafting, and watching my favorite movies or tv shows.

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