The Difference between Chiropractors and Medical Doctors

People have many misconceptions when it comes to chiropractic care and treatment. Some people believe visiting a chiropractor is only necessary when they experience a back injury or severe back pain. Other people fail to understand the extent of training chiropractors must complete and believe treatment options are limited. Most people are actually surprised to discover chiropractors have to complete rather complex medical training and most complete similar courses, training, and education as medical doctors.

One of the differences between medical doctors and chiropractors is how they approach diagnosing and treating aliments. Medical doctors tend to treat the symptoms rather than the underlying causes. Chiropractors, on the other hand, look at the symptoms, but also identify the underlying causes and develop treatments for those, too.

Another difference is chiropractors use drug-free and surgery-free treatment methods. Their overall goal is to help restore the body to proper functioning while promoting natural healing. To help achieve this, they focus on two primary systems within the body: The skeletal system and the nervous system.

Why the Skeletal and Nervous Systems Are Related

The nervous system is responsible for controlling every organ, cell, and body function. The skeletal system provides pathways for nerves to send feed back to the brain. When the skeletal system is out of alignment, it can place pressure on nerves and other trigger points within the body, which causes a disruption to the nervous system. One way our body responds is by alerting us to the problem through the use of pain, such as a headache, joint pain, lower back pain, and so on.

There are all sorts of underlying reasons the skeletal system can become misaligned. One of the more frequent ones is due to poor posture. We lean over our desks, tilt our heads to talk on the phone, and do not use the correct sitting postures to keep the spine straight.

Did you know that there have been studies on posture? From these, it was discovered there is about an extra ten pounds of stress placed on the neck and spine for every one inch your head is away from its natural center of gravity.

The added stress can cause muscles to tighten, stiffen, and place even more pressure on the spine, causing the vertebra to shift out of alignment. Once this happens there can be a wide array of side effects including:

  • Neck Pain
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Ear Infections
  • Increase Arthritic Discomfort

Regular chiropractic care helps maintain the alignment of the spine and proper nervous system functioning. Treatments are designed to address current issues and concerns, like lower back pain. Once the primary complaint has been resolved, ongoing care serves as a preventative form of treatment. Chiropractic care has been used to successfully treat conditions such as:

  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Stress
  • Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Migraine and Tension Headaches
  • Muscle Tension

Keep in mind this is just a few of the conditions treated by a chiropractor. To learn more about chiropractic care and treatment, or to schedule an initial consultation appointment, please call P&C Rehabilitation Services at 416-652-6223 today!

Injured at Work: What You Need to Know

According to the Government of Canada’s Labour Program, on average, one out of fifteen people are involved in an accident at work, which results in personal injuries. Employers do their best to help provide healthy and safe working environments. Unfortunately, it is impossible to plan for every type of situation that could result in an accident. The best employers can do is to educate their employees on safe working practices as a means to help reduce on-the-job injuries.

Steps to Take if Injured at Work

Employees have specific responsibilities should they experience an injury at work. It is in your best interests to review your workplace practices and policies on a regular basis to ensure you fully understand the processes and procedures for filing a claim to receive benefits under WSIB.

Step 1 Notify Your Supervisor

It is your responsibility to report the accident to your immediate supervisor. If they are unavailable, notify either their manager or your human resource department. Your employer will need to obtain details about what occurred and how you were injured. In addition, they will provide you with vital information for seeking medical treatment. However, in the case of a serious injury, seek medical care first, then worry about filing a report afterwards.

Step 2 Seek Medical Treatment

After sustaining an injury, the most important thing is to have the injury treated. Sometimes this might involve receiving first aid to bandage a wound and other times, it could require visiting a doctor or hospital for more serious injuries. Failing to seek medical treatment could result in issues with being able to file a claim through your employer.

Step 3 Choose a Healthcare Provider

Canadian law allows for employees to choose their own doctor for treatment of their injuries, like our physiotherapy clinic in North York. It is essential to select the most appropriate doctor or healthcare provider. If you want to change providers, you will have to submit justification and wait for the WSIB board to approve your request.

Step 4 Complete All Required Care and Treatment

Some types of injuries could require rehabilitation before you are fully healed and released from care. Even if you are feeling better, you need to follow the recommendations of your doctor including any work restrictions they might impose. Never resume your full work duties until your doctor has determined it is safe to do so.

Do I Have to Report Minor Injuries?

In certain situations, you might experience a minor injury you may not deem worth reporting as a workplace injury. However, failing to report even minor injuries could have long term consequences and could become more serious, so it is always in your best interests to still report minor injuries.

For more information about our care and treatment services for workplace injuries, please feel free to call P&C Rehabilitation Services at 416-652-6223 to schedule a consultation appointment today!