Did you know that a chiropractor is not a medical doctor? While chiropractic adjustments do provide temporary relief for many people with chronic pain, chiropractors cannot fully address the underlying causes of a patient’s symptoms in many cases. If you would like to receive treatment from a board-certified medical doctor and pain management specialist, turn to Dr. Graf Hilgenhurst at The Spine Center at Precision Pain Care in Nashville, Tennessee.
Beyond education, let’s take a look at the differences between a chiropractor and a pain specialist. A chiropractor is trained to relieve chronic pain through spinal manipulations, which are performed with short, forceful, and controlled movements that focus on realigning the spine and restoring normal joint function. An interventional pain specialist, on the other hand, is a medical doctor – usually an anesthesiologist, physical medicine physician, or neurologist – who possesses a more comprehensive understanding of the human body, and is specially trained to diagnose and prevent pain caused by a variety of conditions, not just spinal misalignment.
Furthermore, the American Heart Association released a statement in 2014 that warned patients of the link between chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine (neck) and an increased risk of stroke. While the risk is low, some doctors caution against choosing a chiropractor for neck pain treatment.
If chronic neck or back pain is preventing you from living life to the fullest, consider skipping the chiropractor and choose Precision Pain Care in Nashville, TN. Dr. Hilgenhurst uses advanced diagnostic technologies, evidence-based therapies, and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat all types of chronic and spinal pain. Contact our offices in the Nashville area to learn more information.