The main focus of physical therapy is to reduce pain and improve or restore function and mobility by working on the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Treatment plans for joint manipulation usually combine exercise, manipulation, heat and cold therapies, traction, rehabilitation, and ultrasound stimulation. Each session may take about 30-40 minutes. Physical therapists educate their patients to prevent the recurrence of pain.
Chiropractic is based on the principle that there is a connection between the nervous system and optimal health. Treatment is focused on the skeletal and neurological systems with spinal adjustments, and manipulation of the soft tissues and joints to improve blood circulation, clear blocks to improve the immune system, and bring about the free flow of nerve impulses. Chiropractic adjustment can offer relief for many medical conditions, relieve pain, and restore optimal function. Just as physical therapy, chiropractic care may also use ultrasound, traction and other modalities to maximize therapeutic benefits. The treatment may extend over 3-6 months, depending on the patient’s condition.
Neck and back pain may resolve after some time, however if the pain persists for several weeks, it’s time to seek professional help at a multi-specialty healthcare center with a team of certified physical therapists and chiropractors. The initial consultations will be devoted to diagnosing the true cause of your pain using advanced diagnostic modalities. Proper diagnosis will determine which treatment will work better for you – physical therapy or chiropractic care.