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Chiropractors See It Differently: A Surgeon’s Observations

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The practice of physical manipulation and manual therapies as treatment options for low back pain and other spinal problems has been prevalent for thousands of years. Manual therapies in the Western world are often offered by chiropractors as part of alternative medicine. Modern and mainstream health care community has greatly benefited from chiropractic practice, especially in alleviating spinal pain and related injuries. Although chiropractic practice has remained consistent over the years, it has gradually transitioned from craft to profession. However, the profession continues to encounter numerous internal and external challenges that have threatened to curtail its aim of becoming a fully-accepted practice in the mainstream health care industry.

This chapter, researched and written by a spine surgeon, is aimed at providing insight into the role of chiropractors in promoting population health by offering interventions for low back pain. The chapter is based on a wide range of literature on the positive contribution of chiropractors in the promotion of patients’ well-being. The author discusses the similarities and differences between chiropractors and other health care professionals in terms of education, training, work philosophy, and treatment mechanisms. Much of the focus on this chapter will be on the extent to which chiropractors view their profession as complementary to rather than contrary to mainstream health care community.

A clear understanding about chiropractic is important because it will see the profession gain full legitimacy in the allied health field. Most importantly, the chapter will help in bridging the conceptual gap that exists between chiropractors and other health care providers. Most importantly, policy makers and the general public will change their skepticism with regards to the crucial profession of chiropractic and begin embracing the concepts of traditional and alternative medicine to improve public health.

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Street, J. (2021). Chiropractors See It Differently: A Surgeon’s Observations. In: Cheng, B.C. (eds) Handbook of Spine Technology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44424-6_134

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