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Should You See a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist?

When you are suffering from chronic back, shoulder, or neck pain; you need to choose a medical professional who will help correct spine, nerve, and muscle issues. When it comes to these areas of pain, you may find yourself trying to decide whether to see a chiropractor or physical therapist. The Spine and Joint Center offers both chiropractic care and physical therapy with medical professionals in both fields of care. Continue reading to learn which treatment option is right for you!


What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is a form of therapy that can diagnose and treat issues regarding the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is your bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, and tendons. Many clients go see a chiropractor to get spinal adjustments and realignments to their spine and joints.


What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity through various physical methods. These methods include massage, heat treatment, and exercise. The goal of physical therapists is to restore the health of their clients gradually over time using these physical methods. 


Differences Between the Two

Compared to physical therapy, chiropractic care is more specific to a certain system in the body, whereas physical therapy covers a broader range of rehabilitation. Although both chiropractic care and physical therapy have similar approaches to treatment, the two differ in their methodology and what conditions they treat. Simply put, the main difference between a chiropractor and a physical therapist is how they believe to treat your chronic pain. Fortunately, the Spine and Joint Center offers both methods of care to help all of our clients in the Fort Lauderdale area! 


Which is Right for Me?

Chiropractic care and physical therapy both offer benefits for people looking to heal and prevent chronic back, shoulder or neck pain. Although both fields of care have overlapping benefits, there are certain advantages that each one offers. Beginning with chiropractic care benefits, this practice is non-invasive, making it safer for clients. Rather than having to undergo surgery, a chiropractor will safely treat pain without creating any long-term side effects that may arise post-surgery. Likewise, a chiropractor can provide close-to-immediate relief from pain. 


Compared to chiropractic care, physical therapy is a longer treatment plan that can help prevent future injuries and reduce the need for surgery and medication in the future. Unlike chiropractic care, physical therapy focuses on strengthening and rehabilitating the body. This means that the objective of the care you receive is to return physically stronger and rehabilitated rather than receive instant relief from your pain. Physical therapists also will help identify physical issues outside of the musculoskeletal system that may be contributing to the pain and develop a care plan that will help you strengthen certain body parts and avoid long-term problems.

The Spine and Joint Center offers various treatment options, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Decompression


All of our physicians have been trained and received post-graduate certification classes in acupuncture and passed the national board examination. If you’re interested in seeing our physical therapist for arthritis, degeneration, stenosis, or a herniated disc, then schedule an appointment with our licensed physical therapist Raymond Masse today! If you’re looking for instant pain relief for back or neck pain, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Petrie or Dr. Douglas Kellerman today!

Come See the Experts Today!

For over 35 years, the Spine and Joint Center of Fort Lauderdale has been helping clients live a healthier lifestyle. By utilizing the latest medical and diagnostic techniques and providing a comfortable, therapeutic environment; the Spine and Joint Center has become the best chiropractor in South Florida. Our caring physicians have been helping people just like you to be more active and productive, enjoy more restful sleep, and maintain quality of life from youth into old age, for over a generation. Stop allowing injuries, illness, back pain, migraines, and other ailments keep you from living the healthy lifestyle you deserve. Take back your health and begin feeling better after seeing one of our medical professionals. Our clinic is conveniently located near Fort Lauderdale in Oakland Park, Florida, and is open six days a week, with convenient hours to suit your busy schedule. Call ahead to schedule an appointment today by calling (954) 395-2461!