Chiropractors and chiropractic orthopedists are both healthcare professionals who focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly those affecting the spine. However, there are some differences between the two professions.
A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques, including spinal manipulation and other manual therapies, to help patients reduce pain, improve mobility, and enhance their overall well-being. Chiropractors also often emphasize the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes in maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system.
A chiropractic orthopedist is a healthcare professional specializing in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, particularly those affecting the spine, but with a greater focus on orthopedic conditions. Chiropractic orthopedists receive additional training and education in orthopedic medicine and surgery. They may work with other healthcare professionals, such as orthopedic surgeons or neurologists, to provide comprehensive care for patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions.
In summary, while chiropractors and chiropractic orthopedists are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions, chiropractic orthopedists have specialized training and expertise in orthopedic medicine and surgery, which may be particularly beneficial for patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions.
Our owner and clinical director at Iowa Chiropractic Clinic & Sports Injuries, Dr. Aaron Martin, is a Chiropractor, Chiropractic Orthopedist, and board-certified Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist. Our doctors of chiropractic have locations in Grimes, Ankeny, and Altoona, Iowa, for your convenience and chiropractic healthcare.