Chiropractors sometimes get a lukewarm reception from the insurance companies and skeptical audiences. Unfortunately, the lack of understanding of various chiropractic techniques makes it difficult to thoroughly advocate for this specialty practice.
Any certified chiropractor can educate naysayers about the hard work and dedication to both education and professional etiquette. A Doctorate of Chiropractic program from an accredited university definitely pushes candidates to the upper limits of their mental capacity. Most courses require extensive work with cadavers as well as internships and residencies.
There is much more to the chiropractic programs than meets the eye. Unlike most medical professionals, chiropractors are simply expected to provide immediate results. In fact, a recent survey confirmed that over 75% of patients who visited a Libertyville chiropractor in Illinois reported the anticipation of at least partial relief of symptoms after their first session. Considering that sessions may not last more than a few minutes, that statement is a pretty big expectation to fulfill. Likewise, patients often expect lasting results from just one session, but do not always realize that relief is seldom achieved from one treatment.
Chiropractors also must be able to make a fairly quick assessment of a patient and determine the best course of action, choosing from a number of available techniques. It is rare that any two conditions between two patients are exactly the same. Even if the injuries were caused by the same circumstances, such as a car accident, the results can be vastly different. Pain in one area causes the body to react by shifting weight and pressure to other areas of the body. This shifting of sensation can make finding the source of the problem difficult, especially if it has been occurring for an extended period of time.
Consider the case of one young woman who was suffering from knee and calf pain so severe that she was forced to quit her job of several years. She had been to see several doctors and specialists, participated in physical therapy and even saw a psychologist for the possibility that the pain could have been psychosomatic. She finally saw a chiropractor upon moving to Illinois and the urging of a trusted family member. At the initial consultation, the office staff reviewed an extensive medical history questionnaire. Some items seemed a bit strange at first, but she completed the evaluation to the best of her memory and ability.
When she went in to see the doctor, he asked her about her history of headaches. She thought the information was irrelevant because she had not suffered from a recurring headache for several years. The migraines began after an injury at her part-time job when some boxes that she was reaching for overhead fell on top of her. There was some initial bruising and stiffness, but they soon subsided; and not long after that the headaches also stopped. The woman was actually dealing with a severely compressed nerve and vertebrae since that incident. The original pain was so severe that her body found a way to “correct” the problem by adjusting her walking patterns and posture to keep some pressure off the right side of her body. As a result, the left hip, and knee joints were misaligned and causing new and painful symptoms.