Chiropractic care is becoming more and more common and is accepted by most insurance companies. They are also licensed and recognized by all fifty states.
There are many reasons why people choose chiropractic care. One of the reasons that many people opt for chiropractic care is to hopefully eliminate the need for surgery.
Many studies have been conducted by associations not affiliated with chiropractic care and they have found that chiropractic care is clinically appropriate and effective. A recent study funded by The Ontario Ministry for Health concluded that:
"On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain...There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors."
I believe one of the reasons that people are fearful of seeing a chiropractor is due to fear. While chiropractors have been around for a while, it isn't until recently that they have been more widely accepted.
I agree that this question is a matter of opinion and experience.
I went to see a chiropractor after having my second child. I knew I was suffering from scoliosis and figured pregnancy had complicated things.
I was adjusted once a week for six weeks. I have never felt better. Ironically, not only did my general back pain subside, but my sinuses also opened up, I started sleeping better, and do not suffer from headaches like I used to.
I definitely think there is something to be said for the way chiropractors work - they are holistic. I have definitely heard of bad experiences with chiropractors, which I guess the best advice I could give is to check several in your area and get as many personal testimonies about each as possible.
Chiropractors are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. In theory, if you have suffered from an injury that impacts your musculoskeletalsystem they should be able to help. I have always been cautious of chiropractors because some of them claim they can cure anything. A student of mine went to the chiropractor for a bad case of head lice and the chiropractor claimed he could help her by adjusting her back. I am not sure how a back adjustment can help with a bug infestation.
I prefer the use of an osteopathic doctor. They are physicians who think of the body as a whole. They believe the body can heal itself and that this can occur through the manipulation of the musculoskeletal system.
The answer to your question is probably a matter of opinion. Some people that have used the services of a chiropractor after an injury report tremendous benefits with decreased levels of pain and increased levels of function.
Others, however, report no real benefit from visiting these medical professionals. Chiropractor's treat a variety of conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. They are trained in various therapies that help to reduce pain associated with trauma to the system. They are also similar to physical therapists that work with the muscles and try to retrain and restrengthen the joints and muscles that were injured. They do this by utilizing certain exercises to help recondition the body.
The answer to this will almost certainly depend on who you talk to. I have two close friends that both saw chiropractors after serious injuries. One of them had a horrible experience in which the chiropractor actually broke a bone in his neck. The other has had very good experiences and has felt that the chiropractor they saw helped to keep them on their feet and able to train seriously through a lot of different problems stemming from the original injury.
Personally, I've stayed away from them because I think that you generally get in a situation where you have to go back once you've gone. You have to get "adjusted" again and again to feel like you did when they helped you the first time. But that is just a personal bias. I've heard loads of reports on both sides with a lot of friends that are serious athletes.